Sunday, January 16, 2011

Sen. Chuck Schumer wants to restrict the gun rights of drug users

Via Atrios at Eschaton, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) wants to restrict gun ownership in an incredibly sloppy way.
Sen. Chuck Schumer says if someone admits illegal drug use to a federal official, he should not be allowed to buy a gun.
The New York Democrat suggests that military recruiters and other officials report admissions of drug use to a national database.
Schumer says Jared Loughner's alleged drug use could have prevented his purchase of a gun. Loughner is accused of killing six people in Tucson, Ariz., and shooting congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.
So basically anybody who tries to join the military who admits to having tried some pot in high school or college would be restricted from buying a gun?  That's too broad, and the requirement of admission to a federal official would likely become relaxed to include anyone convicted of a simple possession charge on the state level if it were to become law (which it won't).  I'd be fine with some tighter gun control, but this is a terrible way to go about it.

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