Federal Loophole Enabled Loughner to Buy Guns

Wednesday, 19 Jan 2011 11:44 AM

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
A Clinton-era policy on voluntary drugs tests may have allowed alleged Tucson gunman Jared Loughner to purchase guns. The policy barred the military from reporting drug users to the FBI, The Washington Post reports.

Loughner, whose alleged shooting spree killed six and wounded 13 including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, failed a drug test when he tried to enlist in the Army in 2008.

Tangled federal regulations have barred gun sales to drug users since 1968 and gun dealers have been required to check on gun buyers’ status since 1994.

The FBI oversees the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, which compiles names of those barred from buying guns.

However, Attorney General Janet Reno instructed federal agencies not to report those who had voluntarily been tested because it might keep them from seeking treatment, the Post said.

The policy continued in effect at the Defense Department despite a 2007 law ordering all federal agencies to forward names to the FBI.

Defense Department spokeswoman Eileen Lainez said, "Currently, there is no statute that clearly stipulates what conditions or scenario would warrant a report about military applicants or recruits to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System," the Post reported.

Between 1998 and 2008 some 65,000 drug abusers have been barred from purchasing guns. There are currently 6 million names in the NICS database, with some 2,000 appearing on the list for drugs, the Post said.



© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Retype Email:
Country
Zip Code:
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
You May Also Like

ESPN Suspends Smith Over Domestic-Violence Remarks

Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 22:19 PM

Walt Disney Co.'s ESPN sports network suspended commentator Stephen A. Smith for a week over remarks he made about domes . . .

Sheriffs: Border Crisis Hits South Texas Especially Hard

Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 20:50 PM

The immigration border crisis is hitting southern Texas law enforcement particularly hard, straining resources and infli . . .

MSNBC Drops From Second to Fourth Place in Cable News

Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 20:46 PM

MSNBC lost its second-place cable news position in July, falling to fourth place overall in the key demographic, behind  . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved