According to the latest issue of ISIS’ Rumiyah magazine, PJ Media reported, the terror organization discussed different ways jihadists could get firearms in the United States and Europe.
In the U.S., “anything from a single-shot shotgun all the way up to a semi-automatic AR-15 rifle can be purchased at showrooms or through online sales – by way of private dealers – with no background checks, and without requiring either an ID or a gun license,” ISIS states. “And with approximately 5,000 gun shows taking place annually within the United States, the acquisition of firearms becomes a very easy matter.”
They include a picture of an unidentified gun show with the caption, “Gun conventions represent an easier means of arming oneself for an attack.”
Gun control activists point to ISIS’s strategy as a reason to have terrorism watch lists but the National Rifle Association, and other gun rights activists say terrorism watch lists are too easily prone for errors and violations of civil rights of law abiding citizens and areas where universal background checks are required, like where terrorists struck in San Bernardino, cannot guarantee that terrorists will not find other ways to acquire firearms.
Federal law requires licensed firearm dealers to run background checks on gun purchasers. However, private, unlicensed vendors who may be at gun shows are not required to meet the same federal requirements.
ISIS advises their recruits not to ask people where to find a gun to buy or they could be “bringing upon oneself unnecessary suspicion.”
The ISIS piece then suggests another method of smash-and-grab robbery by driving a car into a gun shop after business hours.
“Alternatively, after some simple reconnaissance, one could follow the shop owner after he’s closed for the day, ambush him or run him over with a vehicle, and then take his keys in order to gain access to the store’s arsenal and any other location where he might be storing firearms and ammunition,” the the piece says. “Such targets, though potentially offering a considerable gain in terms of ghanimah [wealth, treasure], are ambitious in nature and should be pursued while keeping in mind that tactical and gun shop owners are normally the type who arm and train themselves and would not be as averse to engaging in a firefight when attacked.”
However, the piece adds, a “faint-hearted kafir shop owner in the West” can “be taken by surprise if one takes the means available to him and plans his attack carefully.”
Jihadists in Europe are given other strategies from ISIS for gun acquisition. The terrorist group advises jihadists to find guns in conflict zones or from underground dealers. “Much like its Crusader European counterparts, the UK faces a gun control dilemma as it feebly attempts to fend off the influx of weapons, but to no avail.” Jihadists are told to get guns “readily available for purchase on the streets of Britain.”
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