Jul 21, 2008

REAL ID, A Real Threat to Gun Rights

Gun Owners of America has stated the same, but this article shows how. Like the Social Security card, now used as a national identifier for non-related purposes, REAL ID would morf beyond its stated purpose (because the SSN is one of its central components). Homeland 'Security claims absolutely arbitrary power to change its usage requirements without Congressional approval (when in fact REAL ID was only approved by tagging it to a war spending bill, without debate!). Congress therefore has created a monster beyond control.

This is another solid reason that Gov. Manchin and the legislature must pass a bill rejecting it without delay, as have a growing number of other states. The author of this article is in Pennsylvania, which is also under pressure from its citizens to outlaw and nullify REAL ID in their DMV operations.

Monday, July 21, 2008

REAL ID – A very real threat to gun rights

Homeland Security claims far reaching power over your guns
The long-term plan for REAL ID is to force its biometric ID functions on federal, state, local and private entities for all transactions. Thus, ID confirmation by a distant bureaucracy becomes permission for essential daily activities including banking, doctor visits, transit, school attendance and purchases -- including guns.
According to the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) final rule handed down in January, DHS "will continue to consider additional ways in which a Real ID license can or should be used and will implement any changes to the definition of 'official purpose' or determinations regarding additional uses for Real ID consistent with applicable laws and regulatory requirements. DHS does not agree that it must seek the approval of Congress as a prerequisite to changing the definition in the future."