Terrorist Watch List Screening and Brady Background Checks for Firearms Metadata

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  • Main Title Terrorist Watch List Screening and Brady Background Checks for Firearms


  • Author: Krouse, William J.
    Creator Type: Personal
    Creator Info: Specialist in Domestic Security and Crime Policy


  • Name: Library of Congress. Congressional Research Service.
    Place of Publication: Washington D.C.


  • Creation: 2012-02-01


  • English


  • Content Description: The November 2009 shooting at Fort Hood, TX, renewed interest in terrorist watchlist screening and Brady background checks for firearms through the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). In the 110th Congress, Senator Frank Lautenberg and Representative Peter King introduced a bill based on a legislative proposal developed by DOJ that would have authorized the Attorney General to deny the transfer of firearms or the issuance of firearms (and explosives) licenses/permits to "dangerous terrorists." They reintroduced this proposal in the 111th Congress and supporters dubbed it the "Terror Gap" proposal. It was reintroduced once again in the 112th Congress. The Terror Gap proposal raises several potential issues for Congress, which are discussed in this report.
  • Physical Description: 28 pages.


  • Legislative Indexing Vocabulary: Terrorism
  • Legislative Indexing Vocabulary: Criminal justice
  • Legislative Indexing Vocabulary: Counterterrorism
  • Legislative Indexing Vocabulary: Terrorists

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  • Place Name: United States


  • Name: Congressional Research Service Reports
    Code: CRSR


  • Name: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
    Code: UNTGD

Resource Type

  • Report


  • Text


  • CRS Report Number: R42336
  • Accession or Local Control No: R42336_2012Feb01
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc87202