WASHINGTON (AP) - The government says nearly 250 people suspected of ties to terrorism bought firearms in 2010.
The purchases were permitted under federal law. The 247 people who were allowed to buy weapons did so after going through required background checks.
About the same number of people suspected of ties to terrorism also successfully purchased guns in the U.S. in 2009.
It is not illegal for people listed on the government's terror watch list to buy weapons. This has bothered New Jersey Democratic Sen. Frank Lautenberg for years. He is trying again to change the law to keep weapons out of the hands of terrorists.
The secret, fluid nature of the watch list has made it challenging to close what Lautenberg called a "terror gap" in the nation's gun laws.