Will Obama mandate biometrics for new guns?

Attorney General Eric Holder’s recent testimony touting biometric technology, like bracelets and fingerprint identification systems, as “common sense” gun control measures has some Republicans concerned about the prospect of yet another executive order from President Obama:

Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) is warning the Obama administration to not issue an executive order requiring that all new guns be made with biometric technology, such as finger-print recognition or bracelets.
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“Your testimony has raised serious concerns for my constituents given President Obama’s track-record of acting beyond the scope of his legal authority and your hostility to the individual right to self-defense under the Second Amendment,” Cornyn wrote. “Is the Obama administration currently exploring the possibility of an executive order requiring all firearms to possess the technology capabilities you referenced in your testimony?”

Cornyn also asked Holder if the administration has any legal standing to make such a requirement on gun features, and expressed concern about how biometric guns could make it easier for the federal government to create a national gun owner database — something Cornyn said would violate privacy rights

Will you assure my constituents and me that, under your supervision, the Department of Justice will not issue regulations requiring law-abiding citizens to equip their firearms with fingerprint-reading technology, or to link them to biometric bracelets?” Cornyn wrote.

President Obama told supporters earlier this year that he planned to use his “pen and phone” to enact parts of his agenda that he couldn’t get through Congress, one of which is more onerous gun control measures. He’s already unilaterally enacted some measures related to the issues. None of them, however, would have much of an impact on gun violence.

President Obama hasn’t provided any real insight on the legal basis of his executive orders. When Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) asked Holder about the matter during a January hearing, the attorney general said, “I’ll be honest with you, I have not seen — I don’t remember looking at or having seen the analysis in some time, so I’m not sure where along the spectrum that would come.”

In other words, Cornyn and other Republicans concerned about getting information on the legal justification of executive orders issued by the White House. King Obama is going to do what he wants to do, regardless of whether it is legal or not.


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