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Biden admin building a firearms database


Free BeaconThe Biden administration is in possession of nearly one billion records detailing American citizens’ firearm purchases, far more than Congress and the public has been aware of, according to new information from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.

The ATF disclosed to lawmakers that it manages a database of 920,664,765 firearm purchase records, including both digital and hard copy versions of these transactions. When a licensed gun store goes out of business, its private records detailing gun transactions become ATF property and are stored at a federal site in West Virginia. The practice has contributed to the fears of gun advocacy groups and Second Amendment champions in Congress that the federal government is creating a national database of gun owners, which violates longstanding federal statutes.

Rep. Michael Cloud (R., Texas), who led an investigation into the ATF database following a November Free Beacon report that the Biden administration had stockpiled records of more than 54 million gun transactions in 2021, expressed shock at the number of gun records being kept by the federal government. Cloud maintains that the ATF’s database could be exploited by the Biden administration to surveil American gun owners as it pursues new restrictions on firearms.

I don't think this database was started under the Biden administration, but firearms businesses shutting down during COVID may well have added a lot of records.

There are laws against keeping a federal firearms database of gun owners, and this would seem to violate it, even conceding that collecting the records from gun stores going out of business is legal.

This entry was published Thu Feb 17 23:33:59 CST 2022 by TriggerFinger and last updated 2022-02-17 23:33:59.0. [Tweet]

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