Roll Call: Latest News on Capitol Hill, Congress, Politics and Elections
September 4, 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).

Comments (55)

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published.

author email

  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.

  2. Anonymous

    July 7, 2015
    10:57 a.m.

    Just wish to say your article is as amazing. The clearness in your post is just nice and i could assume you are an expert on this subject. Fine with your permission let me to grab your RSS feed to keep updated with forthcoming post. Thanks a million and please continue the gratifying work.

    http://www.sdorttuiiplmnr.com/

  3. Anonymous

    July 9, 2015
    8:56 a.m.

    Hello! Do you use Twitter? I’d like to follow you if that would be ok. I’m absolutely enjoying your blog and look forward to new posts.

    https://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Profile/Infoasistencia

  4. Anonymous

    July 12, 2015
    1:02 p.m.

    I regard something truly interesting about your site so I saved to fav.

    http://www.sdorttuiiplmnr.com/

  5. Anonymous

    July 18, 2015
    9:13 a.m.

    Well I definitely liked studying it. This information provided by you is very practical for correct planning.

    http://www.lyrical-lao.com/forum/discussion/251501/good-low-cost-auto-insurance

  6. Anonymous

    July 19, 2015
    9:09 a.m.

    You are my inhalation, I possess few web logs and sometimes run out from to brand.

    http://www.sdorttuiiplmnr.com/

  7. Anonymous

    July 19, 2015
    11:22 a.m.

    obviously like your website however you have to check the spelling on several of your posts. Many of them are rife with spelling issues and I to find it very troublesome to tell the reality nevertheless I?¦ll certainly come again again.

    http://www.sdorttuiiplmnr.com/

  8. Anonymous

    July 21, 2015
    12:43 a.m.

    Appreciate it for all your efforts that you have put in this. very interesting information.

    http://lowcostautoquotes.com/low-cost-car-insurance.html

  9. Anonymous

    July 21, 2015
    5:33 a.m.

    An impressive share, I just given this onto a colleague who was doing a little bit evaluation on this. And he in fact bought me breakfast as a result of I discovered it for him.. smile. So let me reword that: Thnx for the treat! However yeah Thnkx for spending the time to debate this, I really feel strongly about it and love studying extra on this topic. If attainable, as you turn into experience, would you thoughts updating your blog with extra particulars? It’s extremely useful for me. Massive thumb up for this weblog put up!

    http://lowcostautoquotes.com/home-insurance.html

  10. Anonymous

    July 24, 2015
    7:25 a.m.

    WONDERFUL Post.thanks for share..extra wait .. …

    http://split.us

  11. Anonymous

    July 24, 2015
    12:04 p.m.

    Hey, you used to write wonderful, but the last few posts have been kinda boringK I miss your great writings. Past several posts are just a little bit out of track! come on!

    http://split.us

  12. Anonymous

    July 24, 2015
    4:41 p.m.

    I besides think so , perfectly written post! .

    https://bestplumbers.com

  13. Anonymous

    July 24, 2015
    10:09 p.m.

    It¦s in point of fact a nice and helpful piece of information. I am satisfied that you just shared this helpful information with us. Please keep us up to date like this. Thanks for sharing.

    https://bestplumbers.com

  14. Anonymous

    July 25, 2015
    5:21 p.m.

    Hello! Would you mind if I share your blog with my myspace group? There’s a lot of people that I think would really enjoy your content. Please let me know. Thanks

    https://www.openstreetmap.org/user/move41tray

  15. Anonymous

    July 28, 2015
    5:08 a.m.

    Yay google is my world beater helped me to find this outstanding website ! .

    http://www.sdorttuiiplmnr.com/

  16. Anonymous

    July 30, 2015
    4:39 p.m.

    You completed a number of fine points there. I did a search on the topic and found a good number of persons will go along with with your blog.

    http://brookereviews.com/product/0-6-pack-abs-review-tyler-bramlett-and-dr-vegher-does-0-6-pack-abs-really-work-or-just-a-scam/

  17. Anonymous

    July 30, 2015
    7:22 p.m.

    As I website possessor I think the subject material here is real good, thankyou for your efforts.

    http://brookereviews.com/product/diabetes-destroyer-review-david-andrews-guaranteed-natural-treatment-with-super-fast-result/

  18. Anonymous

    July 30, 2015
    7:52 p.m.

    Very interesting points you have remarked, thankyou for posting. “You can tell the ideas of a nation by it’s advertisements.” by Douglas South Wind.

    http://brookereviews.com/product/ehealthinsurance-reviews-why-i-choose-ehealthinsurance-services/

  19. Anonymous

    Aug. 2, 2015
    5:03 p.m.

    It?¦s really a great and helpful piece of information. I?¦m happy that you simply shared this helpful info with us. Please stay us informed like this. Thanks for sharing.

    http://www.consultdustry.com/vacancies/

  20. Anonymous

    Aug. 2, 2015
    5:57 p.m.

    Hi there! This post couldn’t be written any better! Reading through this post reminds me of my previous room mate! He always kept talking about this. I will forward this article to him. Pretty sure he will have a good read. Thank you for sharing!

    http://www.consultdustry.com/send-resume/

  21. Anonymous

    Aug. 6, 2015
    10:54 a.m.

    I cherished as much as you will obtain performed right here. The comic strip is attractive, your authored subject matter stylish. nevertheless, you command get bought an nervousness over that you wish be handing over the following. unwell surely come further formerly once more as exactly the same nearly very often within case you defend this hike.

    http://quotesautoinsurance.org/compare-auto-insurance-rates-by-zip-code.html

  22. Anonymous

    Aug. 7, 2015
    9:56 a.m.

    Very well written post. It will be helpful to anybody who usess it, as well as yours truly :). Keep up the good work – i will definitely read more posts.

    http://quotesautoinsurance.org

  23. Anonymous

    Aug. 9, 2015
    6:52 p.m.

    I like what you guys are up also. Such clever work and reporting! Carry on the excellent works guys I¦ve incorporated you guys to my blogroll. I think it will improve the value of my web site :)

    http://brookereviews.com/product/david-andrews-diabetes-destroyer-review-10-features-you-should-know/

  24. Anonymous

    Aug. 9, 2015
    7:29 p.m.

    I am not sure where you’re getting your information, but great topic. I needs to spend some time learning much more or understanding more. Thanks for magnificent information I was looking for this info for my mission.

    http://brookereviews.com/product/6-minutes-to-skinny-review-craig-ballantyne-7-things-you-should-know/

  25. Anonymous

    Aug. 12, 2015
    4:45 p.m.

    I feel that is among the most vital information for me. And i’m happy reading your article. However should remark on few normal issues, The web site taste is perfect, the articles is truly excellent : D. Good activity, cheers

    http://topcheapinsurance.com/companies-insurance-united-states.html

  26. Anonymous

    Aug. 17, 2015
    8:31 p.m.

    Outstanding post, you have pointed out some superb details , I also conceive this s a very excellent website.

    http://wendylederman.kinja.com/now-it-is-your-chance-to-buy-engagement-rings-in-charlo-1722645793

  27. Anonymous

    Aug. 18, 2015
    2:08 a.m.

    I don’t normally comment but I gotta tell thanks for the post on this perfect one : D.

    http://www.purevolume.com/JohnRiley/posts/10664845/Now+it+is+Your+Chance+to+buy+engagement+rings+in+Charlotte

  28. Anonymous

    Aug. 19, 2015
    10:01 a.m.

    WONDERFUL Post.thanks for share..more wait .. …

    http://www.sdorttuiiplmnr.com/

  29. Anonymous

    Aug. 20, 2015
    2:05 a.m.

    Wow! Thank you! I always wanted to write on my blog something like that. Can I implement a fragment of your post to my website?

    http://www.sdorttuiiplmnr.com/

  30. Anonymous

    Aug. 24, 2015
    9:03 a.m.

    I do not even know how I ended up here, but I thought this post was great. I don’t know who you are but certainly you are going to a famous blogger if you are not already ;) Cheers!

    http://quotesautoinsurance.org/primerica-insurance.html

  31. Anonymous

    Aug. 24, 2015
    1:12 p.m.

    I know this if off topic but I’m looking into starting my own blog and was curious what all is needed to get setup? I’m assuming having a blog like yours would cost a pretty penny? I’m not very web smart so I’m not 100 certain. Any recommendations or advice would be greatly appreciated. Kudos

    http://quotesautoinsurance.org/primerica-insurance.html

  32. Anonymous

    Aug. 24, 2015
    2:46 p.m.

    I am glad to be a visitor of this perfect blog! , thankyou for this rare info ! .

    http://quotesautoinsurance.org/primerica-insurance.html

  33. Anonymous

    Aug. 25, 2015
    11:06 a.m.

    It’s really a great and useful piece of information. I’m glad that you shared this useful info with us. Please keep us informed like this. Thanks for sharing.

    http://edukacjawawa.blog.pl/files/2015/03/sowa-puchacz-prace-dzieci-300×228.png

  34. Anonymous

    Aug. 25, 2015
    12:24 p.m.

    I really appreciate this post. I?¦ve been looking everywhere for this! Thank goodness I found it on Bing. You have made my day! Thx again

    http://hotelepoznan.blog.pl/hotel-poznan/

  35. Anonymous

    Aug. 26, 2015
    2:43 a.m.

    I haven?¦t checked in here for some time since I thought it was getting boring, but the last few posts are good quality so I guess I will add you back to my daily bloglist. You deserve it my friend :)

    http://topcheapinsurance.com/travelers-home-and-auto-insurance.html

  36. Anonymous

    Aug. 26, 2015
    3:16 a.m.

    I haven’t checked in here for a while because I thought it was getting boring, but the last few posts are great quality so I guess I will add you back to my daily bloglist. You deserve it my friend :)

    http://topcheapinsurance.com/travelers-home-and-auto-insurance.html

  37. Anonymous

    Aug. 29, 2015
    8:31 p.m.

    Admiring the persistence you put into your blog and detailed information you provide. It’s great to come across a blog every once in a while that isn’t the same old rehashed information. Excellent read! I’ve saved your site and I’m adding your RSS feeds to my Google account.

    https://www.pinterest.com/pin/315744623853716560/

  38. Anonymous

    Aug. 29, 2015
    9:46 p.m.

    With almost everything which appears to be developing throughout this specific subject material, all your viewpoints are actually relatively radical. On the other hand, I beg your pardon, but I can not give credence to your entire plan, all be it exciting none the less. It appears to everybody that your remarks are generally not completely rationalized and in fact you are your self not really thoroughly convinced of the point. In any event I did take pleasure in reading it.

    https://foursquare.com/user/137743671/list/lettre-pC3A8re-noC3ABl

  39. Anonymous

    Aug. 29, 2015
    11:36 p.m.

    I do love the way you have framed this issue plus it really does give us some fodder for consideration. Nevertheless, from just what I have personally seen, I simply just wish as the commentary stack on that people continue to be on point and in no way embark upon a tirade associated with some other news of the day. Anyway, thank you for this exceptional point and although I can not really go along with the idea in totality, I regard the point of view.

    http://www.premed.fudan.edu.cn/premedforum/user/profile/324683.page

  40. Anonymous

    Sept. 1, 2015
    10:04 p.m.

    Its wonderful as your other posts : D, appreciate it for putting up. “Too much sensibility creates unhappiness too much insensibility leads to crime.” by Charles Maurice de Talleyrand.

    http://executivecondominium.info/criterion-ec-cdl/

  41. Anonymous

    Sept. 1, 2015
    10:18 p.m.

    I enjoy gathering utile info, this post has got me even more info! .

    http://signature-at-yishun-executive-condo.com

  42. Anonymous

    Sept. 2, 2015
    1:48 a.m.

    Hello, you used to write magnificent, but the last several posts have been kinda boring… I miss your super writings. Past few posts are just a little out of track! come on!

    http://parc-life-ec.com/

  43. Anonymous

    Sept. 2, 2015
    12:16 p.m.

    Enjoyed looking at this, very good stuff, regards. “While thou livest keep a good tongue in thy head.” by William Shakespeare.

    http://brookereviews.com/product/moles-warts-skin-tags-removal-review-charles-davidson-work/

  44. Anonymous

    Sept. 2, 2015
    12:28 p.m.

    I would like to show my thanks to this writer for rescuing me from this particular difficulty. After exploring through the world wide web and obtaining concepts that were not helpful, I thought my life was well over. Being alive minus the strategies to the issues you’ve fixed through your main report is a serious case, and the kind that might have in a negative way affected my entire career if I hadn’t noticed the blog. Your primary competence and kindness in controlling a lot of stuff was helpful. I am not sure what I would have done if I had not come upon such a stuff like this. I can now look forward to my future. Thanks for your time very much for the specialized and results-oriented help. I will not be reluctant to suggest your web site to any individual who should have counselling about this issue.

    http://brookereviews.com/product/bikini-body-workouts-revew-jen-ferruggia-8-things-you-should-know/

  45. Anonymous

    Sept. 2, 2015
    12:43 p.m.

    I haven’t checked in here for a while because I thought it was getting boring, but the last several posts are great quality so I guess I will add you back to my everyday bloglist. You deserve it my friend :)

    http://fandaily.info

  46. Anonymous

    Sept. 2, 2015
    6:51 p.m.

    I will right away grab your rss feed as I can’t find your email subscription link or e-newsletter service. Do you have any? Kindly let me know in order that I could subscribe. Thanks.

    http://optyk-poznan.angelfire.com/

  47. Anonymous

    Sept. 2, 2015
    10:01 p.m.

    Those are yours alright! . We at least need to get these people stealing images to start blogging! They probably just did a image search and grabbed them. They look good though!

    http://www.lowcostautoquotes.com

  48. Anonymous

    Sept. 3, 2015
    2:28 a.m.

    I am really impressed together with your writing skills and also with the layout to your weblog. Is this a paid subject or did you modify it yourself? Either way stay up the excellent quality writing, it is uncommon to peer a nice blog like this one today..

    http://metroo.es/b/madrid/fgm-legalizacion-de-documentos/

  49. Anonymous

    Sept. 3, 2015
    2:48 a.m.

    Hey there this is kind of of off topic but I was wanting to know if blogs use WYSIWYG editors or if you have to manually code with HTML. I’m starting a blog soon but have no coding knowledge so I wanted to get advice from someone with experience. Any help would be enormously appreciated!

    http://www.blogdegestoriafgm.es/fgm/

Sign In

Forgot password?

Or

Subscribe

Receive daily coverage of the people, politics and personality of Capitol Hill.

Subscription | Free Trial

Logging you in. One moment, please...