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Posted: 6/4/2001 8:02:46 PM EDT
LA Times http://www.latimes.com/wires/20010604/tCB00V7744.html Monday, June 4, 2001 Gun Control Group Sues Ashcroft Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON--A gun control group filed a lawsuit Monday against Attorney General John Ashcroft, arguing that he is illegally delaying regulations on background checks for weapons purchases. The Violence Policy Center alleges that Ashcroft intends to eventually toss the regulations out. "They are trying to sneak under the radar screen and avoid the public scrutiny that would come if they were to do this up front," Violence Policy Center litigation director Mathew Nosanchuk said. The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court in Washington. The Clinton administration regulation would require that records from background checks be kept for 90 days after a handgun purchase is attempted. The idea is to give the FBI time to check for fraud and abuse in the system, supporters say. But the National Rifle Association said keeping such records raises privacy concerns. The NRA filed a lawsuit against Attorney General Janet Reno to dispose of the records immediately after background checks are conducted. The suit was dismissed in U.S. District Court in Washington, but it is being appealed to the Supreme Court. "Since when is it the federal government's business to be keeping that kind of private information about lawful citizens?" asked NRA spokesman Bill Powers. Ashcroft has twice delayed putting the Clinton administration rule in place. Justice Department spokeswoman Susan Dryden said the delays are allowing a thorough review of the regulation. She added that until a final decision is made the department is adhering to the old guideline of preserving the background check information for 180 days. In 1998, Ashcroft, then a senator from Missouri, voted in favor of an amendment that sought to instantly destroy background check documents. The amendment was defeated. Ashcroft stoked concerns last week after it was disclosed that he wrote a letter to the NRA's chief lobbyist, Jim Baker, reaffirming his view that an American's right to bear arms is guaranteed by the Constitution. "We have great concerns about Attorney General John Ashcroft's commitment to upholding gun laws," Nosanchuk said. - - - On the Net: Violence Policy Center: http://www.vpc.org/ Justice Department: http://www.usdoj.gov National Rifle Association: http://www.nra.org/ Copyright 2001 Los Angeles Times
Link Posted: 6/4/2001 8:36:25 PM EDT
"We have great concerns about Attorney General John Ashcroft's commitment to upholding gun laws," Nosanchuk said.
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I think Ashcroft is committed to upholding gun laws. He is upholding the Second Amendment - the Constitution is the most important law on the books.
Link Posted: 6/4/2001 9:08:37 PM EDT
I really hope that this one is tossed out and that the VPC has to pay 100% of the court costs. Mike
Link Posted: 6/5/2001 6:54:45 AM EDT
These phony's make a living by attacking things. If they ever were successful at taking guns away, they would need another project to keep the money flowing into their pockets. They are self-serving money sucking parasites that attach themselves to the wallets of the stupid. If they were good at what they do, they would be making a good living at a legitimate job in the free market place. These sons of bitches better never make the mistake of begging on my property. I run them off ugly.
Link Posted: 6/5/2001 7:16:34 AM EDT
Originally Posted By mejames: I think Ashcroft is committed to upholding gun laws. He is upholding the Second Amendment - the Constitution is the most important law on the books.
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Uphold the Constitution? What a concept!
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