An FN 509 Midsize propped up on a spare magazine / Photo by Chris O'Neil

American gun grabbers have long dreamed of creating a federal database of gun owners that contains information such as who you are and what guns you own. During the 70s Pete Shields, the chairman of the National Council to Control Handguns, said in an interview that getting a registry of handguns was the perfect bridge between slowing firearm sales and then outlawing ownership entirely. 

Thankfully, President Ronald Reagan permanently stopped any effort to create such a registry. President Reagan signed the Firearm Owners’ Protection Act in 1986, this law contained a clause that said no rule of regulation may ever require that records of gun sales, transfers, transactions, or the personal information of gun owners be made and housed in the control of the United States Government. 

Unfortunately, the Biden administration is trying to find a way to do what was outlawed by Reagan. According to the Washington Free Beacon the Biden Administration has compiled records in relation to 54 million US gun owners it is attempting to overhaul regulations to ensure that more records get into the hands of the federal government. The Washington Free Beacon’s source claims that these records are being collected and stored by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. 

Everyone who buys a gun has to fill out Form 4473, a standard form that really isn’t all that concerning. This documentation must be kept by the gun store for a period of 20 years before it can be destroyed, again not all that concerning, but if that gun store were to close these records are being sent to the ATF where they are held indefinitely.

The ATF claims that these records are needed to solve crimes involving firearms, tracking down the original owner of a firearm used in a crime is possible with these records. There is an issue with this, most murder weapons are never recovered and this data is mostly useless as a result. The ATF keeps these records indefinitely and it is suspected that they are not using these records for their reported purpose. 

While this is not a registry, it certainly acts like one. Most gun stores are small businesses, these are not giant chains that operate on massive profit margins, and this means that most of these stores shut down in just a few years. This is why the ATF now has so many records on American gun owners. 

Gun grabbers always want to run their mouths about non-existent loopholes in the process of purchasing a firearm but they themselves are operating what is effectively a registry via legal loopholes. Ironic. 

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Gene Ralno
Gene Ralno
6 months ago

I believe if the leftists were ever to enact a registry or try to connect licensed dealer records to the federal government, most records would be lost in accidental fires.

G Fox-SMith
G Fox-SMith
6 months ago
Reply to  Gene Ralno

And most firearms would be lost in millions of boating accidents all at once.

Bemused Berserker
Bemused Berserker
3 months ago
Reply to  G Fox-SMith

If we have to “lose” our firearms, it’s to the point we need to use them. The very reason the 2nd exists is to stop exactly this kind of Tyranny.

Paul Short
6 months ago

The only way to control us is if they take away our Defenses

Wyatt
3 months ago
Reply to  Paul Short

Which is why our founding fathers created the 2nd Amendment . Not to the right to own firearms but to give us recourse to protect ourselves from government that is detrimental to America and her people .
This is why Democrats are anti firearms . They want total control and know they will never achieve it with armed citizens who will stand up to them . In truth the 2ns Amendment protects not only America but all the other amendments granted us by our founders .

John R Wood
John R Wood
6 months ago

The Biden Administration should just go to Hell.

Arjay
Arjay
6 months ago
Reply to  John R Wood

They will, eventually.

Boaz
6 months ago
Reply to  John R Wood

Let’s send them.

Wyatt
3 months ago
Reply to  John R Wood

They are already there John . Now they want the rest of us to join them .

Elvis
6 months ago

Let’s go Joe Joe the sniffy clown.

Bemused Berserker
Bemused Berserker
4 months ago

If we have to “lose” our weapons in boating accidents, it’s time we use them. That’s Tyranny that should never be tolerated or accepted.

Gideon Rockwell
Gideon Rockwell
3 months ago

What part of “Shall not be infringed”, do these wannabe tin horn tyrants not understand. The Founders all hands down said none of the Bill of Rights shall be infringed upon in any ways, means or manner. These are rights granted us by GOD, not man. That means any and all laws at all levels that prevent us from walking in a store paying our money and walking out with the firearm of our choice, whether it is a Red Ryder BB gun or a M-60 machine gun is against the law, treasonous and totally null and void. The Government whether local, county state ot Federal cannot impede our right to by the arms of our choice if you interpret the and Amendment as written and they have no authority to amend it. I know that annoys the we know better than you what is best for the nation and it’s citizens crowd, but that’s the way it is.

Bullseye
3 months ago

Our plans for them,( Gun grabbers and secret records holders) is still kept secret effectively.

Bemused Berserker
Bemused Berserker
3 months ago

We should hire a Hacker to destroy the “digitized” files, then firebox the building the All Toddlers Flammable Gemeinestaatspolizea are keeping them in. Don’t trust those F**kers any farther than I can throw one.

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