A very interesting down low reference to the Tiahrt Amendment can be found in this article about the Fort Hood shootings. Apparently, the FBI & CIA are trying to use Tiahrt as cover for why they did not see warning signs about the shooter.
"In August 2009, Hasan purchased two firearms that he used to carry out the attack, but the government officials said that U.S. law does not permit them to connect that purchase information with the other intelligence they had."
That US law prohibits the ATF from sharing information in it's database of gun purchasers with law enforcement agencies unless a criminal investigation is underway. That means that the FBI & CIA were unable to connect the dots to see that ths shooter was in contact with extremist Islamists (although, that contact seems brief and inconsequential) when he bought two weapons from Guns Galore before the shooting.
Now, I'm not suggesting that the repeal of the Tiahrt Amendment would have avoided the shooting, but it certainly wouldn't have hurt to know that the guy buying these guns was on a watch list (although being on the terrorist watch list hasn't meant much so far.) There is a move afoot to amend Tiahrt to allow law enforcement full access to the gun records. Sadly, no changes are being suggested to any of the other restrictions Tiahrt imposes.
Oh, and just to get my usual dose of Obama bitterness in, during the campaign Obama talked repeatedly about repealing Tiahrt, but so far has not even mentioned the amendment, other than the minor (but important) change above.
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