American Hunter - December 2013 - 99

NRA Supports Lawsuit
Challenging NSA's Mass
Surveillance

Photo by SONY MUSIC

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n September 4, NRA filed a brief in
federal district court supporting an
American Civil Liberties Union lawsuit
challenging the National Security Agency's
(NSA) phone records surveillance and collection program.
First among the "Purposes and Objectives"
listed in NRA's Bylaws is "[t]o protect and
defend the Constitution of the United States."
The NRA's activities in support of this purpose
have long included legislative advocacy and
litigation concerning the rights of the NRA and
its members to associate and communicate
freely under the First Amendment, and the
protection of gun owners against intrusive
government surveillance or recordkeeping.
The NRA brief argues that NSA's mass
surveillance program threatens the rights of
NRA and its members because it "could allow
identification of NRA members, supporters,
potential members, and other persons with
whom the NRA communicates, potentially
chilling their willingness to communicate with
NRA." Further, the mass surveillance program
"could allow the government to circumvent
legal protections for Americans' privacy, such
as laws that guard against the registration of
guns or gun owners."
The Supreme Court has recognized that
involuntary disclosure of the membership of
advocacy groups inhibits the exercise of First
Amendment rights. Congress has recognized
that government recordkeeping on gun owners inhibits the exercise of Second Amendment rights. The NSA's mass surveillance program raises both issues, potentially providing
the government not only with the means of
identifying members and others who communicate with NRA and other advocacy groups,
but also with the means of identifying gun
owners without their knowledge or consent.
As the brief notes, "It would be absurd to
think that Congress would adopt and maintain
a web of statutes intended to protect against
the creation of a national gun registry, while
simultaneously authorizing the FBI and the
NSA to gather records that could effectively
create just such a registry."
The brief concludes that, "If programs like
those currently justified by the government's
interpretation are allowed to continue and
grow unchecked, they could also-contrary to
clear congressional intent-undo decades of
legal protection for the privacy of Americans
in general, and of gun owners in particular."

Tyler Farr is

T

yler Farr has redefined "Redneck Crazy" with the release of his first Top 5,
Gold-certified single to Country radio. The classically trained vocalist has
earned critical acclaim for this hit, including rave reviews from The New
York Times, Music Row and All Access. "Redneck Crazy" also continues to gain
traction in the video world with nearly 5 million views on VEVO and counting. Farr, the Missouri native, is currently on tour with Lee Brice and is an
opener for fellow NRA Country act Florida Georgia Line.
Vanessa Shahidi with NRA Country recently caught up with Tyler about
his passion for music and hunting.
Vanessa: How do you fit in your love for the outdoors while out on the road
with your music?
TF: Honestly, it's very tough. But hunting is my therapy so I try to make time
for it whenever possible. I carry my huntin' gear with me on the road and
pray that I get time every now and then to get out in the woods 'cause
that's where I feel at home.
Vanessa: You recently visited our range here at NRA Headquarters. What's
your go-to gun?
TF: I did, indeed. And it was awesome! I'm a Remington man, so I like to
reach out and touch 'em with a .300 Winchester Mag.
Vanessa: What is your favorite hunting season and why?
TF: That's easy: Turkey season. For those of you that have ever had a big 'ol
tom gobbling 30 yards from you while holding that 12 gauge ... well, you
know what I'm talkin' about.
NRA Country is a lifestyle and a bond between the country music community
and hard-working Americans everywhere. It's powered by pride, freedom, love of
country, respect for the military and the responsibilities of protecting the great
American way of life. For more information visit www.nracountry.com, www.
facebook.com/nracountry and follow on Twitter @NRACountry.


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