Washington, DC (WKBW) - U.S. Senator Charles Schumer is calling on the government to put its foot down when it comes to who is allowed to purchase guns.
Under current federal law, the federal government cannot stop the sale of guns or explosives to many known or suspected terrorists.
In order the stop the sales, the suspected terrorists have to meet one of nine disqualifying criteria.
Therefore, the Boston bombers and other terrorists could legally purchase a virtually unlimited amount of weapons from gun stores.
According to reports, the older Boston bombing suspect, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, was added by the CIA to a terror database less than two years before the attack.
Schumer says that according to government records, between 2004 and 2010, more than 13-hundred people on terrorist watch lists walked into gun stores and bought guns.
"You see right now, the National Background Check system does not reveal that someone is a suspected terrorist," explains Schumer. "It has whether you are a felon, it has whether you are mentally ill. But amazingly enough not if you are a terrorist."
The legislation Schumer is pushing would bar those on terrorist watch lists from purchasing weapons.
The Senator also says it will also aid in efforts to close gun show loopholes.