NEW YORK – States trying to find a way to stop gun sales to people on federal terrorism watch lists may turn to New Jersey for an example.
A state law there allows police to use a National Crime Information Center database to check against a list of known or suspected extremists. A 2013 change in the law disqualifies people on that list from obtaining gun permits.
Some states are working to get access to a direct FBI database maintained by the FBI's Terrorist Screening Center. New Jersey officials say they don't need that.
Connecticut Gov. Daniel Malloy proposed an executive order last week to ban people on the no-fly list from buying guns.
A new bill would amend New York law to add a disqualification category for people on the FBI watch list.