Trump, Clinton both wrong about denying guns based on terror watch list

Trump, Clinton both wrong about denying guns based on terror watch list
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[Ed. – Katie Pavlich is right.  The terror watch list is completely unaccountable to anyone.  It’s not the way to keep guns out of the hands of bad people.  Good people have been put on the terror watch list and had a hell of a time getting removed from it — and if it becomes a convenient way to deny guns to the law-abiding, misuse of it will necessarily skyrocket.]

During last night’s presidential debate at Hofstra University, Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump agreed on one thing: People on terror watch lists shouldn’t be able to buy firearms in America. …

Nobody is advocating terrorists should have the right to purchase a firearm, but using the terror watch list as gun control is not only inefficient, it’s unconstitutional.

The ACLU has repeatedly warned against using the terror watch and no fly lists as a way to regulate firearms. From a letter sent to Congress by the organization earlier this year:

Our nation’s watchlisting system is error-prone and unreliable because it uses vague and overbroad criteria and secret evidence to place individuals on blacklists without a meaningful process to correct government error and clear their names.

The government contends that it can place Americans on the No Fly List who have never been charged let alone convicted of a crime, on the basis of prediction that they nevertheless pose a threat (which is undefined) of conduct that the government concedes “may or may not occur.” …

The National Rifle Association is in agreement with the ACLU on this issue.

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