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“More than 200 individuals who were on the federal terrorism watch list passed background checks and were allowed to buy guns in 2010, according to a new government review. [As reported on April 27, 2011] A review by the Government Accountability Office [GAO] determined that 247 people on the watch list bought guns last year, and also showed that between 2004 and 2009, more than nine out of ten individuals on the list who tried to buy guns succeeded. ‘It defies common sense,’ said Sen. [Frank] Lautenberg, D.-New Jersey, who requested the GAO report, ‘that people on the terror watch list continue to be cleared to buy weapons legally in the United States.’ ”

 – Jason Ryan, “247 On U.S. Terror Watch List Bought Guns In 2010,” ABC News, April 28, 2011

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