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The NRA is defending the Second Amendment rights of the folks on the terrorist watch list.

The NRA defends the Second Amendment rights of people on the terrorist watch list. Now I’m no fan of allowing officials to make people’s lives difficult by arbitrarily putting their names on lists. And I’m no fan of the Brady Campaign. And I’m glad the bill the NRA opposes includes a provision allowing people to challenge a “terrorist suspect” designation.

But really and truly, doesn’t it seem just a tad … extreme … to allow people on the watch list to buy firearms? I hope this turns into a big floor fight, with Republicans caught between the NRA and the Little Green Footballs/Mark Steyn/Ann Coulter forget-civil-liberties-we’re-at-war crowd. It will be fascinating to see whether Glenn Reynolds bothers to notice, and if he does which side he takes.

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: Markarkleiman-at-gmail.com