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Feds Attempt Massive Data Grab From Apple, Google as Apart of Gun Control Push

The Trump administration is going in the wrong direction on the 2nd Amendment.

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The federal government is requesting data from Apple and Google for users of a gun scope app, in an unprecedented power-grab that would violate the privacy rights of thousands of individuals as apart of a gun control crackdown by the Department of Justice (DOJ).

Forbes broke the story earlier today. The DOJ filed an application for a court order on Thursday to obtain information regarding Obsidian 4, an app devised by American Technologies Network Corp (ATN) to modify gun scopes.

Obsidian 4 allows users to live stream, record video, and adjust their gun scope using an Android or IPhone device. It has over 10,000 users on Android, with the number of users being unknown on IPhone. The DOJ wants access to all of these records to investigate possible violations of federal weapons export rules.

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Privacy rights advocates believe that this move is unconstitutional and would set a dangerous precedent that could be used to profile law-abiding citizens.

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“Such orders need to be based on suspicion and be particularized—this is neither,” said Edin Omanovic, who runs Privacy International’s State Surveillance program, adding that the move is a sweep of “huge amounts of innocent people’s personal data.”

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is investigating multiple reports of illegal exports of the ATN’s scope and believes that having access to the data will allow them to see where it is being shipped. ICE is using their resources to enforce regulations under the International Traffic in Arms Regulation (ITAR), when those resources could be used to detain and deport illegal immigrants flooding across the U.S. southern border.

“This pattern of unlawful, attempted exports of this rifle scope in combination with the manner in which the ATN Obsidian 4 application is paired with this scope manufactured by Company A supports the conclusion that the information requested herein will assist the government in identifying networks engaged in the unlawful export of this rifle scope through identifying end users located in countries to which export of this item is restricted,” the DOJ order reads.

If the order is approved, Apple and Google would hand over users of the app and potentially their IP addresses and telephone numbers to authorities. While the DOJ and ICE may be well-intentioned, this type of infringement could be used to gain intelligence about lawful gun owners under a Democratic administration.

“The danger is the government will go on this fishing expedition, and they’ll see information unrelated to what they weren’t looking for and go after someone for something else,” attorney and privacy rights advocate Tor Ekeland said.

“There’s a more profound issue here with the government able to vacuum up a vast amount of data on people they have no reason to suspect have committed any crime. They don’t have any probable cause to investigate, but they’re getting access to data on them,” Ekeland added.

Liberal-dominated San Francisco has already declared the National Rifle Association (NRA) to be a terrorist organization in a resolution passed earlier this week.

“The National Rifle Association spreads propaganda that misinforms and aims to deceive the public about the dangers of gun violence,” the resolution reads.

The Trump administration may be opening up Pandora’s Box with this overreaching move to enforce federal gun control regulations.

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Nevada Governor Uses Coronavirus Emergency to Illegally Stop Residents From Buying Guns

Assemblyman Jim Marchant is blowing the whistle.

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Nevada Democrat Governor Steve Sisolak is using the Chinese coronavirus pandemic as an excuse to usurp the unlawful power to stop the sale of firearms.

Sisolak has been unsuccessful in being able to shut down gun shops, which are considered an essential business due to a law passed in 2007 after Hurricane Katrina, so he is attempting to enact gun control through bureaucratic fiat.

Sisolak has effectively crippled gun ownership in Nevada by denying the State Point of Contact to conduct background checks on behalf of Federal Firearms Licensees (FFL) gun stores. This means that only concealed permit holders can buy new weapons under the new orders, which only consists of four percent of Nevadans.

He has also banned the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department from giving out new concealed permit licenses to Nevadans, creating another impediment to stop gun ownership during the crisis. A public information officer with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police has confirmed that “they are acting under orders of the Office of the Governor of Nevada.” Although he cannot legally shut them down, Sisolak is also pressuring gun stores to close by classifying them as “non-essential” hobby shops.

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Sisolak’s edicts violate NRS 414.155, The Constitution of the State of Nevada, Article 1, § 11(1) as well as the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution.

The specific portion of the state constitution that Sisolak is violating with his orders reads as follows:

Pursuant to Amendment II of the Constitution of the United States and Section 11 of Article 1 of the Constitution of the State of Nevada, and notwithstanding any other provision of law, the emergency powers conferred upon the Governor and upon the executive heads or governing bodies of the political subdivisions of this State must not be construed to allow:
1. The confiscation of a firearm from a person unless the person is:
(a) In unlawful possession of the firearm; or
(b) Unlawfully carrying the firearm; or
2. The imposition of additional restrictions as to the lawful possession, transfer, sale, carrying, storage, display or use of:
(a) Firearms;
(b) Ammunition; or
(c) Components of firearms or ammunition.

Assemblyman Jim Marchant, who is running to be the Republican Congressional nominee for District 4 of Nevada, believes that Sisolak must abdicate public office for his intolerable acts.

“I understand that the government must take steps to protect the public when there is a national pandemic, but the law and our constitutional rights are clear,” said Marchant.

“Governor Sisolak has shown he is either incompetent or corrupt. He has violated his oath of office and must resign,” he added.

Sisolak announced his emergency measures during a press conference on Sunday, touting relief for renters as a way to sell his unconstitutional power grab.

“This directive is intended to keep people in their homes at a time where we’re encouraging all Nevadans to stay home, to stay home for Nevada,” Sisolak said.

Sisolak has also made it more difficult for coronavirus patients to access medicines that could potentially save their lives. He has arguably been the Democrat governor guilty of mismanaging the coronavirus crisis the worst at the state level.

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