I want this!"
In the revised version, there is no additional requirement that the
attorney general have reason to believe the weapon the suspect is trying
to buy will be used in a terrorist attack. Hence an old lady who cut a
check to a Hamas-affiliated charity (thereby "providing material
support" to terrorism and arguably threatening public safety) could be
stopped from buying a handgun for self-defense even if there was no
evidence that she planned any sort of attack with it. Feinstein's
amendment also expands the dragnet beyond the FBI's so-called Terrorist
Watchlist, which is believed to include
more than 1 million people, to cover anyone who was under investigation
for "conduct related to a federal crime of terrorism" during the
previous five years. The Justice Department would be notified of
attempted gun purchases by people who fit that description, giving it a
chance to block the sales.
Feinstein's earlier bill notionally allows someone stripped of his
Second Amendment rights to challenge the attorney general's decision,
but on terms very favorable to the government, which need only show it
is more likely than not that the statutory criteria were met. The upshot
is that people could permanently lose their constitutional rights based
a low probability that they are involved in terrorism—perhaps on the
order of 10 or 15 percent, depending on how "appropriately suspected"
and "reasonable belief" are defined. Feinstein apparently decided that
standard was too demanding, because her amendment says only that someone
wrongly prevented from buying a gun can make use of "the remedial
procedures set forth in section 103(g) of Public Law 103-1059."
And that bitch Collins trying to play "Let's find a middle ground that's not quite so nasty, but still bad.
Although her idea has not been completely fleshed out yet, The Wall Street Journal reports
that it would ban gun sales to "terrorism suspects who appear on either
the government's 'no-fly list' or on a separate 'selectee list' that
requires additional screening at airports," as opposed to the broader
Terrorist Watchlist. The Journal says "individuals could appeal
the decision blocking the purchase of a firearm," but it's not clear
what the government's burden would be. Collins also would require that
the Justice Department be notified when someone who was on one of those
lists in the previous five years tries to buy a gun.
So if you're one of the many people put on this idiot list(s) in error, or for no good reason, you're screwed for the next five years. Wonderful.
Now, just to add in: remember Jeh Johnson, head of DHS, announcing 'right-wing terrorism is just as great a threat!' ? Guess who many groups could be lumped-in under 'terrorist-connected' or something?
Do YOU trust them not to abuse such? I don't.