NRA joins ACLU lawsuit, claims NSA starting ‘gun registry’

The Hill

The National Rifle Association joined the American Civil Liberties Union’s  lawsuit on Wednesday to end the government’s massive phone record collection  program.

In a brief filed in federal court, the NRA argues that the National Security Agency’s  database of phone records amounts to a “national gun registry.”

“It would be absurd to think that the Congress would adopt and maintain a web of  statutes intended to protect against the creation of a national gun registry,  while simultaneously authorizing the FBI and the NSA to gather records that  could effectively create just such a registry,” the group writes.

 

After leaks by Edward Snowden, the NSA acknowledged that it collects records  on virtually all U.S. phone calls. The data include phone numbers, call times  and call durations, but not the contents of the conversations. The NSA says it  only “queries” the database a limited number of times for specific national  security reasons.  

The NSA argues that Congress authorized the phone data surveillance with  Section 215 of the Patriot Act, which allows for the collection of business  records “relevant” to terrorism. 

In its filing, the gun-rights group claims that the NSA’s database would  allow the government to identify and track gun owners based on whether they’ve  called gun stores, shooting ranges or the NRA.

“Under the government’s reading of Section 215, the government could simply  demand the periodic submission of all firearms dealers’ transaction records,  then centralize them in a database indexed by the buyers’ names for later  searching,” the NRA writes.

The group claims that Congress could never have meant to authorize such a  vast surveillance operation because it has repeatedly rejected proposals to  create a national gun registry.

The NRA’s brief also claims that the phone record program violates its  members’ First Amendment rights to associate and communicate freely. The group  argues that people could fear retribution for associating with the gun-rights  group if they knew the government was monitoring their phone records. 

The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, along with a host of news  organizations including Bloomberg, Fox, National Public Radio and The New  Yorker, also filed a brief on Wednesday in support of the ACLU lawsuit. The  groups claim that the phone data collection inhibits the ability of journalists  to contact sources and gather news. 

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2 thoughts on “NRA joins ACLU lawsuit, claims NSA starting ‘gun registry’

  1. This IS GREAT NEWS!
    The last time the ACLU did something worthwhile was the “Miranda Act.”
    Since then, their heads rose up FOR the illegals; but many, many of us got on their site and blasted them. Why? The Illegals didn’t need legal representation if they went to court..IT WAS FREE.
    —————–
    FINALLY! THEY ARE ON THE SIDE OF ALL OF US!
    With the ACLU and the NRA joining together, we have a VERY STRONG CHANCE of setting things right!
    p.s. WATCH OBAMA/HOLDER pop out of the woodwork to try to bribe the judge.

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