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The terrorist watch list and its effect on gun sales and federal background checks is unsuccessfully brought up from time to time when the debate on gun ownership is factored into terrorism prevention.

Do those on the terror watch list and no fly list have the ability to purchase firearms? Yes.

There are federal reports that prove this and proposed legislation that has targeted this. This is an objective analysis of the topic. If you have thoughts one way or another, please list them in the comments, but be civil.

Have People Listed on the Terror Watch List Passed Background Checks?

Before answering that question, it's important to understand who compiles the terror watch list, what it is and how it's categorized. The Terrorist Screening Database (TSDB) is the U.S. government's consolidated source of identity information for both known and suspected terrorists.

Known terrorists: (a) individuals who've been arrested, charged by information, indicted for or convicted of terrorist activities in the U.S. or abroad. (b) identified as a terrorist or member of a terrorist organization per statute, Executive Order or compliance with the United Nations Security Council Resolution.

Suspected terrorists: an individual who's reasonably suspected to be engaging in, has engaged in, or intends to engage in conduct constituting, in preparation for, in aid of, or related to terrorism and/or terrorist activities.

The Terrorist Screening Center (TSC) maintains, operates and shares information within the watchlist. It's a multi-agency coalition administered by the FBI, and it's responsible for sharing info from the watchlist with all relevant law enforcement bodies.

There is also the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC), which tends to the Terrorist Identities Datamart Environment (TIDE). TIDE is the U.S. Government's classified repository on international known and suspected terrorists, and the information is shared from it to the TSDB.

As of June 2016, there were about 1.5 million individuals listed in TIDE, and approximately 1 percent (15,000) were U.S. Persons. There are about 1 million records in the TSDB. Of those, about 81,000 are on the No Fly list, which along with the Selectee List is a subset within TSDB.

With that said, since February of 2004 the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) has filtered and tracked those who've passed through it during firearms and explosives transactions and matched those names against available terrorist watchlist data.​

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