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ACLU Sees Problems in Schumer "Universal" Background Check Proposal

Friday, April 5, 2013

Gun owners know that any effort to require "universal" background checks is just a step toward registration. Now, a lobbyist for the American Civil Liberties Union has added his voice to the chorus warning about the impact of the Schumer background check legislation (S. 374, which is the language included in the gun control package that will be debated next week).

The story quotes the ACLU's Chris Calabrese as stating that the proposal "treats the records for private purchases very differently than purchases made through licensed sellers."

He goes on to say, "unfortunately, we have seen in the past that the creation of these types of records leads sometimes to the creation of government databases and collections of personal information on all of us. . ."

It should be clear that this proposal is a threat to the rights of law-abiding gun owners. When the ACLU, which in the past has been no friend of the Second Amendment, voices concerns about a gun control proposal, it is a serious red flag.

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Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the "lobbying" arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is responsible for preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purchase, possess and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.