June 14, 2016 – In an op-ed written for the New York Times, Professor Adam Winkler called for the creation of a firearm “no-buy” list to prevent suspected terrorists from buying guns.
“Federal law bars felons, the mentally ill, drug addicts and people convicted of domestic violence misdemeanors from possessing firearms,” writes Professor Winkler. “Nothing, however, prevents a suspected terrorist from walking into a gun store and buying as many guns as he wants.”
Pointing out that a loophole in lax gun laws in the U.S. allows terrorists to easily buy guns, Professor Winkler argues: “Since the Sept. 11 attacks, the government has kept suspected terrorists from boarding airplanes by placing them on no-fly lists. Isn’t it time we also had no-buy lists?”