Senators Questions NSA Over Illegal Gun Registry
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In a letter to the NSA, 26 United States senators have demanded information about exactly what types of information and records the NSA is keeping on American citizens.
Specifically, in one part of the letter, the senators ask about the collection of firearms sale records. Gun dealers are required to keep records of all gun sales, and all of these records eventually end up in the hands of the ATF whenever a gun store closes or changes hands. There is also the process of running background checks for each transactions, although that information is not supposed to be stored long term.
Here is a screenshot of the letter where firearms are mentioned.
The letter was signed by 26 US Senators being led by Sen. Ron Wyden, who is a Democrat from Oregon.
“In this country, the government can’t just monitor your constitutionally protected activities—like gun ownership—just because it wants to,” said Brian Phillips, a spokesman for Sen. Mike Lee (R., Utah), who signed onto the letter. “The justification that, ‘if you’re not doing anything wrong, you don’t have to worry about it,’ turns us into a police state very quickly. That’s why Congress is right to seek broad oversight of the NSA’s data collection programs.”
Here is a link to the full letter: