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A bill designed to keep weapons out of the hands of terrorists is drawing fire from gun rights advocates who say it could infringe upon regular citizens' constitutional right to bear arms.
The Denying Firearms and Explosives to Dangerous Terrorists Act of 2009 would authorize Attorney General Eric Holder to deny the sale or transfer of firearms to known or suspected terrorists -- a list that could extend beyond groups such as radical Islamists and other groups connected to international terror organizations.
Critics say the names of suspected terrorists could be drawn from existing government watch lists that cover such broad categories as animal rights extremists, Christian identity extremists, black separatists, anti-abortion extremists, anti-immigration extremists and anti-technology extremists.
‘Sec. 922A. Attorney General’s discretion to deny transfer of a firearm
‘The Attorney General may deny the transfer of a firearm pursuant to section 922(t)(1)(B)(ii) if the Attorney General determines that the transferee is known (or appropriately suspected) to be or have been engaged in conduct constituting, in preparation for, in aid of, or related to terrorism, or providing material support thereof, and the Attorney General has a reasonable belief that the prospective transferee may use a firearm in connection with terrorism.’;
(g) Attorney General’s Ability To Withhold Information in Firearms License Denial and Revocation Suit- Section 923(f) of such title is amended--
(1) in the 1st sentence of paragraph (1), by inserting ‘, except that if the denial or revocation is pursuant to subsection (d)(1)(H) or (e)(3), then any information on which the Attorney General relied for this determination may be withheld from the petitioner if the Attorney General determines that disclosure of the information would likely compromise national security’ before the period; and
(2) in paragraph (3), by inserting after the 3rd sentence the following: ‘With respect to any information withheld from the aggrieved party under paragraph (1), the United States may submit, and the court may rely on, summaries or redacted versions of documents containing information the disclosure of which the Attorney General has determined would likely compromise national security.’.
Barasso: A vote against Holder
In an Oct. 25, 2001, Washington Post editorial titled "Keeping Guns Away from Terrorists," Mr. Holder argued that every firearm transaction should be regulated by Washington. His proposal would have required a son who inherited his father's shotgun to conduct a background check if the son decided to put it on the market. Mr. Holder's proposal was a backdoor attempt to regulate and shut down lawful gun shows by linking private gun sales to future terrorist attacks.
In January 2008, Eric Holder joined Janet Reno in a brief to the Supreme Court saying Second Amendment rights do not apply to individual citizens. That brief argued that the Second Amendment "does not protect firearms possession or use that is unrelated to participation in a well-regulated militia." The Supreme Court ruled otherwise by affirming the individual right to possess and bear arms.
Originally posted by DataWraith
When does a 'terrorist' EVER take notice of rules or laws or bills???
Originally posted by Jenna
reply to post by ANNED
That's the problem, there won't have to be definite proof that you are a terrorist. It will all be at the Attorney General's discretion. With all of the statements Eric Holder has made about the 2nd amendment everyone will be denied because he doesn't think any of us have the right to firearms unless we are in a militia.