Chris Christie signed legislation in New Jersey today that bans guns to those on the terrorist watch list.
This was among ten gun bills he signed today. He deferred action on three other bills, including a ban on private transfers and a .50 ban.
Nevermind that it’s a secret how you get put on the list, and how to get off the list is almost impossible. Nevermind it’s fraught with errors.
From the FBI’s FAQ on the Terrorist Screening Database:
Can I find out if I am in the TSDB?
The TSC [Terrorist Screening Center] cannot reveal whether a particular person is in the TSDB [Terrorist Screening Database]. The TSDB remains an effective tool in the government’s counterterrorism efforts because its contents are not disclosed. If TSC revealed who was in the TSDB, terrorist organizations would be able to circumvent the purpose of the terrorist watchlist by determining in advance which of their members are likely to be questioned or detained.
- It is unacceptable to deny Americans their Second Amendment rights without due process because they were placed on a government list or their name is similar to a name on the terrorist watch list.
- There are major problems with how names are added to the list and errors are rampant. If placed onto the secretive list erroneously, it is difficult to be removed.
- It is easier to be placed on the Terrorist Watchlist than the No-Fly list, although there is no Constitutional right to fly.
- If such a law were enacted, the list would serve as a Terrorist Notification system, as terrorists could find out whether they are on the list simply by attempting to purchase a firearm. The current system more appropriately allows law enforcement the chance to scrutinize suspected individuals.
- We all support the goal of preventing domestic terrorism. Dangerous terrorists and criminals should be included on law enforcement wanted lists or should be charged with a crime. Either action would prohibit these individuals from purchasing firearms.