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without their knowledge or consent,
contrary to longstanding congressional
policy repeatedly reaffirmed and
strengthened by Congresses that
enacted and reauthorized the legislation
at issue in this case."
Not only could the  program be
used to create a list of  members,
it also could list everyone with whom
the  privately communicates. This
information, in a worst-case scenario,
could then be used to punish or publicly
expose private individuals or groups.
Such worries aren't far-fetched, as
government records showing who has
a concealed-carry permit have already
been made public and published by
anti-gun rights publications in an
attempt to shame gun owners. Such
methods could make some people

The NSA Program Runs Counter
to Law T   worked on
behalf of its members over many years
to gain legislative protections preventing
government access to gun ownership
lists. On this point, the  brief states,
"It would be absurd to think that the
Congress would adopt and maintain
a web of statutes intended to protect
against the creation of a national
gun registry, while simultaneously
authorizing the  and the  to
gather records that could effectively
create just such a registry."
For example, during debate over
the Gun Control Act of  (),
members of both the .. House of
Representatives and the .. Senate
overwhelmingly voted down proposals
that would have required gun

(The NSA Spying Scandal)

Not only could the NSA program be used to
create a list of NRA members, it also could
list everyone with whom the NRA privately
communicates. This information ... could
then be used to punish or publicly expose
private individuals or groups.
reluctant to communicate with the ,
the  or any other group that at
times is critical of the government.
This is why the .. Supreme Court
made it clear in  that it
"recognized the vital relationship
between freedom to associate and
privacy in one's associations."
Such an  program could also be
used to gather information on potential
members or donors contacted by
the . And it could create detailed
accounts of who's getting legislative
alerts or get-out-the-vote messages.
Given the added scrutiny the  gave
to select political groups before the
 presidential election, it isn't much
of a stretch to worry how a future
.. government agency might use data
mining against others who are critical
of an administration.
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registration. The Act that passed requires
federally licensed firearm manufacturers,
importers and dealers to maintain
records of all firearms made, imported,
acquired or transferred. Dealers are
required to make those records available
for inspection in specified circumstances
or to assist in tracing a firearm as part
of a criminal investigation. But by law,
these records cannot be held by the
government or put together to make a
government list of gun owners.
Later, with input from the ,
The Firearms Owners' Protection Act
of  amended the  to further
protect the privacy of gun owners. The
Act specified that no rule or regulation
can require the centralization of
federally mandated dealer records or
can require the establishment of any
system of registration of firearms. The



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