The National Rifle Association is pushing legislation to scrap an Illinois database of more than 2.1 million gun transactions — six months after Gov. Blagojevich won permission from the federal government to keep it, reports the Chicago Sun-Times. Todd Vandermyde, an NRA lobbyist in Illinois, said the database violates the Second Amendment right to bear arms.
Police use the 13-year-old database to check if gun buyers who live in Chicago and other cities with handgun bans are breaking municipal ordinances by keeping the guns in their homes. “It’s harassment,” Vandermyde said. “We have several pieces of legislation to destroy this database.” Blagojevich vowed to veto any state legislation that “would destroy records that will make it harder for law enforcement to trace gun crimes.” In 2003, the state was ordered by the U.S. Justice Department to destroy the database or risk losing federal funds to conduct background checks on gun buyers. After Blagojevich balked, the Justice Department changed course and decided Illinois could keep the database.