The FBI’s no-fly list contains about 81,000 names, but fewer than 1,000 of those are “U.S. persons,” a top lawmaker revealed Monday, giving the outlines of the secretive program on the floor of the Senate.
Another list maintained by the FBI, dubbed the “TSA selectee list” because it triggers higher scrutiny but doesn’t ban flying, has some 28,000 records, of which fewer than 1,700 are U.S. persons, Sen. Dianne Feinstein said as she argued for denying gun sales to those who appear on the lists, in the wake of the Orlando terrorist shooting.
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Several thousands people listed in one of the FBI’s databases have tried to buy firearms, and an oversight report found 91 percent of them were successful. Sen. John Cornyn, Texas Republican, said denying someone gun-rights based on “some secret list created by the Obama administration” violates the Constitution.