Skip to comments.EXCLUSIVE: ACLU says Reidís gun legislation could threaten privacy rights, civil liberties
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 its among those who have serious concerns about the bill.
Those concerns have the capacity to prove a major setback to Sen. Harry Reids 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 Reids 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 ACLUs Chris Calabrese told TheDC Wednesday.
Calabrese a privacy lobbyist was first careful to note that the ACLU doesnt strictly oppose universal background checks for gun purchases. If youre 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 wouldnt characterize the current legislations 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.
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