Weasel Alert: Holder Goes Around Congress on Gun Control

Published on January 30, 2013

Screen Shot 2013-01-30 at 9.17.01 AMAccording to reports, Attorney General Eric Holder has begun the implementation of three gun control measures related to President Obama’s Jan. 16 executive orders.
These deal with information sharing, background checks, and name registries. Holder’s action on them appears to be part of a two pronged approach where he pushes certain measures behind the scenes while Congress considers other measures Obama suggested.

The first of these gun control measures would “expand access to information on gun permits to American Indian law enforcement agencies,” the second would “allow law enforcement to access the FBI’s national criminal database to conduct background checks on people they’re transferring weapons to,” and the third measure “would authorize the FBI to retain records on denied firearms transactions in a separate database for longer than 10 years.”

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