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September 2, 2015

Cornyn Presses Holder on Gun Tracking

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Senate Minority Whip John Cornyn is asking Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. about the possibility of the Obama administration trying to track gun owners. The Texas Republican’s letter puts the Justice Department on the spot following Holder’s testimony about new gun safety devices at an April 4 House subcommittee hearing about the department’s fiscal 2015 budget.

“Would the technological capabilities you referenced in your testimony require, or allow for, the monitoring of American citizens’ personally identifying information through a central database or registry?” Cornyn asked in his Tuesday letter.

Justice Department spokesman Brian Fallon responded to that contention with an emailed statement.

“We will review the senator’s letter. For over a year, the administration has been working with firearm manufacturers to promote technologies developed by the private sector that could improve firearm safety,” Fallon said. “Any suggestion that the Attorney General called for physically tracking law-abiding gun owners is a dishonest distortion.”

Cornyn asked a series of other questions about Holder’s Commerce-Justice-Science subpanel of the House Appropriations Committee testimony, including a query about possible executive actions related to firearms.

Cornyn specifically asked Holder for assurances that there will not be new requirements for fingerprint or biometric technology for guns.

A copy of the letter from Cornyn to Holder is available here (PDF).

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  1. TexTopCat

    April 18, 2014
    2:02 p.m.

    “Cornyn specifically asked Holder for assurances that there will not be new requirements for fingerprint or biometric technology for guns.” – The right question however, not sure that any answer from Holder is worth much.

    • Zach

      April 30, 2014
      1:02 p.m.

      Nah, not a great question. Unless you’re interested in advancing the myth that gun rights are under siege. In which case it’s terrific.

      • TexTopCat

        April 30, 2014
        1:07 p.m.

        It is not a myth when it is truth. No sane person could possibly believe that gun rights are not under siege. Just listen to the extreme restrictions supported by this president, vice-president and AG. When people like Bloomberg spend $50m to punish elected officials that support the Bill of Rights, what else could be the case?

        • Zach

          April 30, 2014
          1:08 p.m.

          Let’s be clear here: Your rights are not under siege because 90% of Americans (including 3/4 of NRA members) want universal background checks. Your rights aren’t even under siege because a majority would support an assault weapons ban.

          You’ve just been led to believe they are by people who want to sell more guns.

          • TexTopCat

            April 30, 2014
            1:41 p.m.

            Keep repeating the lie about 90% want UBC, maybe someone will eventually believe it, but I doubt it.

          • TexTopCat

            April 30, 2014
            1:52 p.m.

            So, I guess the dems will win big in November, ha ha
            In the IN protest to the NRA, Bloomberg paid people to attend and half of the people paid failed to show. So that is a better indicator of public support,
            UBC is fine, but the registration and the cost is not. Open NICS to public access for free and many will choose to use that tool, otherwise the idea is dead.

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