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Monday, February 25, 2013

DOJ Memo Embedded: NRA Uses Leaked DOJ Memo Against Obama's Gun Control Proposals

By Susan Duclos

The nine page memo titled, " Summary of Select Firearm Violence Prevention Strategies," will be embedded below the post.

The National Rifle Association (NRA) has obtained a nine-page memo from the Department of Justice, detailing the effectiveness and ineffectiveness of gun control proposals.

The summary shows that the proposals Obama claims to want will be ineffective without proposals that Obama denies supporting.

Via Associated Press:

The memo, under the name of one of the Justice Department's leading crime researchers, critiques the effectiveness of gun control proposals, including some of President Barack Obama's. A Justice Department official called the memo an unfinished review of gun violence research and said it does not represent administration policy.

The memo says requiring background checks for more gun purchases could help, but also could lead to more illicit weapons sales. It says banning assault weapons and high capacity ammunition magazines produced in the future but exempting those already owned by the public, as Obama has proposed, would have limited impact because people now own so many of those items.

It also says that even total elimination of assault weapons would have little overall effect on gun killings because assault weapons account for a limited proportion of those crimes.

The nine-page document says the success of universal background checks would depend in part on "requiring gun registration," and says gun buybacks would not be effective "unless massive and coupled with a ban."

More on the memo at Washington Times.

NRA's Stand and Fight website shows, via video, how quickly Democratic politicians have moved the goal posts, swearing "registration" would never become law to just weeks later, saying registration is needed:

30 second video below:

DOJ Memo embedded below: