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More gunfighting by Bloomberg, Tiahrt

The political fight over gun records, and particularly the "Tiahrt amendment" regarding release of gun-trace data, has reached the Fort Hood shooting. In a Washington Post commentary provocatively headlined "Enabling the next Fort Hood?" New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and former New Jersey Gov. Thomas Kean charged that "one of the many restrictions on gun data sponsored by Rep. Todd Tiahrt, R-Kan., meant that (Maj. Nidal) Hasan's investigators were blocked from searching records to determine whether he or other terrorist suspects had purchased guns," adding that Tiahrt legislation interferes "with preserving, sharing and investigating data on gun purchases by terrorist suspects."A Tiahrt statement on the issue said in part: "Contrary to what Mayors Against Illegal Guns have asserted, the Tiahrt amendment does not affect background check outcomes, does not affect who is permitted to own a firearm, and does not restrict law enforcement officials from accessing and effectively using all available firearm data for criminal investigations. Allowing the federal government to maintain a firearm registry of law-abiding American citizens who have passed a background test will do nothing to prevent terrorist attacks. Retaining a federal registry for 45 days or even 45 years will not make us any safer but will expose which citizens own guns and how many they own — something every violent criminal would like to access. Unfortunately, many opponents of the Tiahrt language, including Mayor Bloomberg, appear to be more interested in lawsuits against firearm manufacturers than about protecting law enforcement officers, the public, and privacy rights of law-abiding citizens who own firearms."