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EXCLUSIVE: ACLU says Reidís gun legislation could threaten privacy rights, civil liberties
The Daily Caller ^

Posted on 04/07/2013 11:45:02 AM PDT by matt04

As Senate Democrats struggle to build support for new gun control legislation, the American Civil Liberties Union now says it’s among those who have “serious concerns” about the bill.

Those concerns have the capacity to prove a major setback to Sen. Harry Reid’s current gun bill, which includes language from earlier bills introduced by Sens. Chuck Schumer and Barbara Boxer.

In an exclusive interview with The Daily Caller, a top lobbyist for the ACLU announced that the group thinks Reid’s current gun bill could threaten both privacy rights and civil liberties.

The inclusion of universal background checks — the poll-tested lynchpin of most Democratic proposals — “raises two significant concerns,” the ACLU’s Chris Calabrese told TheDC Wednesday.

Calabrese — a privacy lobbyist — was first careful to note that the ACLU doesn’t strictly oppose universal background checks for gun purchases. “If you’re going to require a background check, we think it should be effective,” Calabrese explained.

“However, we also believe those checks have to be conducted in a way that protects privacy and civil liberties. So, in that regard, we think the current legislation, the current proposal on universal background checks raises two significant concerns,” he went on.

“The first is that it treats the records for private purchases very differently than purchases made through licensed sellers. Under existing law, most information regarding an approved purchase is destroyed within 24 hours when a licensed seller does a [National Instant Criminal Background Check System] check now,” Calabrese said, “and almost all of it is destroyed within 90 days.”

Calabrese wouldn’t characterize the current legislation’s record-keeping provision as a “national gun registry” — which the White House has denied pursuing — but he did say that such a registry could be “a second step.”

(Excerpt) Read more at dailycaller.com ...


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Uh oh. Am I actually agreeing with the ACLU?
1 posted on 04/07/2013 11:45:02 AM PDT by matt04
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To: matt04

Better read the fine print.


2 posted on 04/07/2013 11:46:34 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: matt04

If it is “unconstitutional” to do background checks on voters or to charge them a “fee” to vote, then it sure as hell is “unconstitutional” to do it to those Americans exercising their Second Amendment rights.


3 posted on 04/07/2013 11:49:46 AM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Dude! Where's my Bill of Rights?)
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To: matt04

And Reid and the DemoQuacks care about the constitution and civil rights? As Diane Feinstein recently said in regard to her gun ban proposal: Congress don’t care about the Constitution, and it just passes the laws it wants.


4 posted on 04/07/2013 11:51:06 AM PDT by AtlasStalled
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To: matt04

5 posted on 04/07/2013 11:52:22 AM PDT by Lucky9teen (Peace is that brief glorious moment in history when everybody stands around reloading.~Thomas Jeffer)
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To: matt04

My pop put a shotgun on a chair on the front porch, loaded. All day long people passed by and never once did the gun shoot anyone. I think it was defective, or something.


6 posted on 04/07/2013 11:53:58 AM PDT by SkyDancer (Live your life in such a way that the Westboro church will want to picket your funeral.)
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To: All

ACLU says Reid’s gun legislation could threaten privacy rights, civil liberties

Seems like hell’s experiencing a bit of a cold snap. Even the ACLU gets it right once a decade or so.


7 posted on 04/07/2013 11:58:49 AM PDT by Preston Manning (When standing on the edge of a cliff, a "giant step forward" is NOT progress!)
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To: FlingWingFlyer
If it is “unconstitutional” to do background checks on voters or to charge them a “fee” to vote, then it sure as hell is “unconstitutional” to do it to those Americans exercising their Second Amendment rights.

A reasonable, logicical point.

Methinks, they would find a way around via some provision of the General Welfare clause - or some such nonsense...

8 posted on 04/07/2013 12:02:58 PM PDT by jonno (Having an opinion is not the same as having the answer...)
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To: matt04

A background check should check the status of the buyer, not record the serial number of the gun he bought.


9 posted on 04/07/2013 12:05:32 PM PDT by umgud (2A can't survive dem majorities)
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To: matt04

“Right”? What is this “right” of which you speak, comrade? The only “right” is the state.


10 posted on 04/07/2013 12:05:47 PM PDT by Sicon ("All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others." - G. Orwell)
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Fight the Leftist Gun Grabbers.
Support Free Republic.


11 posted on 04/07/2013 12:05:58 PM PDT by RedMDer (May we always be happy and may our enemies always know it. - Sarah Palin, 10-18-2010)
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To: BenLurkin

This is the best 7 minutes I have seen on gun control.
http://youtu.be/B5ELyG9V1SY


12 posted on 04/07/2013 12:07:57 PM PDT by sunny48
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To: matt04

Didn’t see any mention of that whole “-—shall not be infringed-—” idea. You wouldn’t expect the whiners to actually stick with the fundamentals. But anything to whittle down enthusiasm for obamuzzie’s big plan.


13 posted on 04/07/2013 12:09:37 PM PDT by cherokee1 (skip the names---just kick the buttz)
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To: SkyDancer
My pop put a shotgun on a chair on the front porch, loaded. All day long people passed by and never once did the gun shoot anyone. I think it was defective, or something.

Nah, it was a geographic problem. In Chicago, it would have gone on a rampage and killed at least six people, seven or eight on a week end. Maybe it's the air coming off Lake Michigan.

14 posted on 04/07/2013 12:13:36 PM PDT by Standing Wolf
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To: Standing Wolf

That gun must have had wheels. LOL


15 posted on 04/07/2013 12:14:42 PM PDT by SkyDancer (Live your life in such a way that the Westboro church will want to picket your funeral.)
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To: matt04

Just damn !


16 posted on 04/07/2013 12:15:33 PM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (NRA Life Member)
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To: matt04
After I read this, I looked outside. Yup, a whole durn flock of 'em.


17 posted on 04/07/2013 1:57:08 PM PDT by Oatka (This is America. Assimilate or evaporate.)
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To: FlingWingFlyer
If it is “unconstitutional” to do background checks on voters or to charge them a “fee” to vote, then it sure as hell is “unconstitutional” to do it to those Americans exercising their Second Amendment rights.

Agree and I hope this will be used to legally challenge this assault to the second amendment.

18 posted on 04/07/2013 2:50:33 PM PDT by Joan Kerrey
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To: sunny48; Eaker; Jim Robinson

Excellent! Thanks.


19 posted on 04/07/2013 5:03:13 PM PDT by glock rocks (No, the game never ends, when your whole world depends, on the turn of a friendy card.)
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To: glock rocks

Thanks for the ping Glocks!


20 posted on 04/07/2013 9:19:44 PM PDT by Eaker (Manners are good when one may have to back up his acts with his life. ¬ó Robert A. Heinlein.)
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To: Preston Manning

Decade yes, but still batting .01


21 posted on 04/07/2013 9:42:50 PM PDT by MaxMax
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To: Eaker

That’s a video to share with the kids.

Good to see ya Mr T.

Hope all is well in your world.


22 posted on 04/07/2013 10:46:05 PM PDT by glock rocks (No, the game never ends, when your whole world depends, on the turn of a friendy card.)
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