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NRA welcomes ACLU to gun debate, shares ‘significant concerns’ with Reid bill

by Vince Coglianese, The Daily Caller  |  published on April 6, 2013

The National Rifle Association has found an unlikely partner in the American Civil Liberties Union as both group’s vocalize concerns with key provisions in Sen. Harry Reid’s gun control legislation.

The two organizations have little in common — with the NRA considered an arm of the political right and the ACLU of the left — but when it comes to concerns about so-called universal background checks, the two groups are singing a similar tune.

“We’ve been saying for decades that some of these gun control proposals have significant detrimental effects toward the civil liberties of Americans,” NRA spokesman Andrew Arulanandam told TheDC Thursday, “and it’s heartening to see a group [the ACLU] that’s dedicated to preserving the civil liberties of Americans taking note of that and expressing their concerns.”

In an exclusive interview published Thursday by The Daily Caller, the ACLU’s Chris Calabrese revealed his organization’s major objections to Reid’s bill, which is set to be brought to the Senate floor in mid-April.

First, “it treats the records for private purchases very differently than purchases made through licensed sellers,” Calabrese said, emphasizing that the law would mandate record keeping of private gun sales, a practice the ACLU objects to.

“Once you no longer need the information, you should destroy it. Information collected for one purpose shouldn’t be used for another purpose,” Calabrese said, warning that a national gun registry — which President Obama has regularly denied pursuing — could be “a second step.”

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