In the wake of developments surrounding the NRA’s revealed data base on gun owners, a rival gun rights group slammed the NRA for its apparent hypocrisy.
The National Association for Gun Rights (NAGR) is known for positioning itself to the right of the NRA, and has generated controversies of their own surrounding the gun control debate.
“Certainly every organization has the right to collect information and try to market. But I think the salient point here is that the NRA really isn’t opposed to databases in the first place,” NAGR executive director Dudley Brown said in an interview. “When’s the last time the NRA talked about repealing the Brady check? Or asked candidates for office if they would want to repeal Brady checks? They haven’t. This should not surprise anybody that the NRA would be gathering names or frankly isn’t that opposed to it.”
It’s well-known that NAGR is firmly opposed to background checks, even going as far to propose that Americans should be allowed to carry a firearm without any government registry or regulation. They regularly attack NRA-backed GOP-ers, claiming that they don’t fully support the Second Amendment.
“When they can acquire that kind of data and put it online for everyone to see, it does I think beg some serious privacy questions,” Brown said. “I don’t want the government to know I have a gun, and I certainly don’t want it broadcast and advertised. We know the NSA is on everything, but the fact is, so is the NRA.”