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POLITICAL REPORT
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Chris W. Cox, nra-ila Exec. Director

The Battle Against Mass
Government Surveillance

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t's no secret that national gun registration is a long-standing aspiration for the
gun control crowd. For decades, anti-gun politicians have clamored to know
who owns guns, how many, what kind and where they're kept. But there's never
a good answer about why they want to know these sensitive details. They just
want to know.
Of course, history has proven gun registration has been the precursor to
confiscation in multiple instances. But the dangers posed to our rights by a
national gun registry aren't limited to confiscation. And those dangers aren't
linked solely to the existence of a gun registry, either. There now exists many
other forms of data that can indicate gun ownership. And none of them are the
government's business.
That's why nra has filed a brief in support of the American Civil Liberties
Union (aclu) lawsuit against the National Security Agency (nsa). The lawsuit
challenges the nsa's collection of "metadata" about every phone call placed in
the United States. Other evidence has emerged to indicate that nsa also collects
data in many other ways as well. The nsa has created this massive surveillance
program to gather as much information as possible about every single person
in the United States-just in case it needs the information later. Or so the
government claims.
First among the "Purposes and Objectives" listed in nsa bylaws is "[t]o
protect and defend the Constitution of the United States." And Congress
has long acknowledged that government record-keeping on gun owners
inhibits the exercise of Second Amendment rights. At the outset of the modern
debate over firearm regulation, both the House and Senate overwhelmingly
voted down proposals to require the registration of guns as part of the Gun
Control Act of 1968.
We honestly don't even know the scope of the nsa's surveillance program.
But the little we do know poses a threat to your Second Amendment rights.
Here's why. The surveillance could allow identification of nra members,
supporters, potential members and other persons with whom the nra
communicates. That could have a "chilling" effect on their willingness to
communicate with the nra.

Your membership dues are not enough.
If you want to defend your right to own and carry a firearm ...
If your freedom to hunt and shoot is important to you ...
Then you need to support the NRA Institute for Legislative Action.
We are the only arm of NRA specifically charged with defending
your Second Amendment freedoms on Capitol Hill and in
state legislatures and courtrooms across America.

But the nsa mass surveillance
program is even more insidious,
because there is no knowledge of the
disclosure. It is both involuntary and
universal. It's even more chilling to
consider that nsa believes it has the
authority to gather emails, internet
browsing records, social media posts
and even mobile phone location
information. So it's entirely possible
that nsa has already collected the
records of everyone who has been in
contact with nra by phone, email,
Facebook and Twitter, visited our
shooting range or museum, or even
just visited any of our websites.
That's just what's possible if the
nsa has been following its own
guidelines. Investigative journalists
have reported that an nsa audit
found it broke its own privacy rules
thousands of times per year.
Privacy is a major concern in
today's data-driven society, and not
just for gun owners. All of us receive
a torrent of notices about the privacy
practices of the companies with
which we do business, as mandated
by federal law. And nra's legal brief
takes up seven pages to describe the
additional privacy protections that
Congress has enacted to specifically
protect the privacy of gun owners-
most of them hard-fought legislative
battles. But the government's mass
surveillance program could allow the
easy identification of gun owners,
contrary to all the privacy protections
enacted by Congress.
Some will always believe that the
government should have as much
information as possible about you,
in case it can help you. But our
Constitution was written from the
perspective that the more information
the government has about you, the
more it can hurt you. That's why the
Founders enacted the Bill of Rights,
and that's why your nra has put its
strength into the battle against mass
government surveillance of innocent,
law-abiding citizens.

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