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NRA brief supports ACLU suit challenging dragnet surveillance

Posted Sep 5, 2013 10:57 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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The National Rifle Association has filed an amicus brief supporting a legal challenge to government collection of phone call records.

The NRA brief (PDF) supports the suit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union, citing fears that the data collected could be used to create an illegal registry of gun owners, according to USA Today, Reuters, CNET and the ACLU’s Blog of Rights.

The NRA brief also says the dragnet surveillance threatens the First Amendment rights of the NRA and its members. "The mass surveillance program could allow identification of NRA members, supporters, potential members, and other persons with whom the NRA communicates, potentially chilling their willingness to communicate with the NRA," the document says.

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