Several gun rights groups sued the federal government last week over alleged constitutional violations made against gun owners.
Gun Owners of America and others allege the Department of Justice illegally uses the federal NICS background check system with a secret database containing names linked to suspected terrorists to monitor gun owners – a violation of several constitutional rights, according to the complaint filed Dec. 22 in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York.
“Being a named person on a ‘terrorist watch list’ is not a federal statutory disqualifying factor, nor should it be,” the lawsuit states. “Permanent deprivation of a fundamental civil right cannot and should not occur because something as small as an alleged, anonymous tip places an individual in a secret database managed by the attorney general, the FBI, and/or the TSC to which the individual has no right of access and no method of recourse.”
Courthouse News reports the 25-page complaint was filed by attorney Paloma Capanna, who has filed at least four federal lawsuits opposing gun control.
The lawsuit comes after increased scrutiny over federal investigation techniques allegedly used after two Muslim shooters killed 14 people and injured 22 others at a government social services building in San Bernardino, California, earlier this month.
In that case, the shooters reportedly obtained their firearms through a straw purchase and were not flagged in either the National Instant Criminal Background Check System or the terror database, also referred to as the…