Two hundred and forty-seven people on the federal government's terrorism watch list purchased guns in 2010, and it was perfectly legal. After all, just because you're on the list doesn't mean you've been convicted of anything. The AP reports:
The government can only prevent people from buying guns for any of 11 reasons. Convicted felons and illegal immigrants, for example, cannot buy weapons. But the terrorist watch list is different. People become convicted felons only after a court process and an opportunity to defend themselves. The watch list is secret and generated at the government's discretion. It is not a list of people convicted of terrorism crimes....
NRA spokesman Andrew Arulanandam said the watch list lacks integrity and includes law-abiding citizens who are mistaken as having ties to terrorists. "We think it's wrong to arbitrarily deny a law-abiding person a constitutional right," he said.
So if you're on the terrorism watch list, the government will go out of its way to make sure you don't receive any free health care. But if you want to buy some deadly weapons, hey, none of our business.