According to a report uncovered by the Washington Free Beacon, the Biden administration has been collecting data on the records of an estimated 56 million legal gun owners in the United States. The data has been collected by the ATF (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives) after contacting the store owners of legal gun purchases. The agency has been storing the data in West Virginia.
The ATF’s process takes advantage of gun shops that are going out of business, collecting data of gun owners from failing stores. Documents that were stored in West Virginia showed that 53.8 million paper and 887,000 electronic records were submitted.
Aiden Johnson of the Gun Owners of America Association responded to the news:
“As if the addition of over 50 million records to an ATF gun registry wasn’t unconstitutional or illegal enough, the Biden’s administration’s misuse of ‘out of business’ records does not end there.”
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The tactic has been scrutinized by pro-Second Amendment advocates across America. Aiden Johnson continued shredding the administration in an interview with the Free Beacon:
“The Biden administration has forced ATF to undertake the rule-making process in record time, resulting in faulty argumentation and demonstrating that neither ATF nor Biden’s anti-gun appointees know anything about the firearms and accessories they seek to regulate.”
The Gun Control Act of 1968 allows for the paper collection of gun owners from businesses that have closed down. However, the 1968 law prohibits the Federal Government from doing database searches for those records, and the ATF says that the records are eventually destroyed.
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