The Biden administration has amassed records of more than 54 million gun owners, according to the Washington Free Beacon. Additionally, the administration intends to review gun regulations to legalize gun ownership information gathering.
The outlet reported that the federal government collected transaction records of firearm businesses that go out of business and extracted gun owners’ information.
Additionally, an ATF spokesman told the Free Beacon that the National Tracing Center processes millions of similar records every month, highlighting the gravity of the problem.
The gun records are stored at a facility in West Virginia, a building whose floor had collapsed due to the sheer weight of the records, according to the New York Times.
Currently, the law requires that federally licensed firearms dealers collect and keep transaction records for 20 years.
Businesses must transfer firearm transaction records to their successors or the Attorney General when no one takes over after they go out of business. The records are stored by the ATF in a non-searchable format before they’re later destroyed.
Additionally, the ATF maintains the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record. The database stores the details of Americans who own weapons regulated by the National Firearms Act (NFA), a ridiculous requirement.
However, the Biden administration plans to modify U.S. gun laws to keep all gun transactions permanently. The change could allow the federal government to create an illegal searchable database of gun owners.
Gun control groups like the Giffords have been campaigning for a central database, a provision that could allow federal authorities to spy and target and harass gun owners.
“Records are most useful to law enforcement when they are collected in a central database and retained indefinitely,” the group says.
Collection of gun owners’ records is part of changes that the administration through the ATF wants to impose without undergoing the legislative process.
Similar attempts to pass gun registration legislation have failed to materialize in congress. Texas Democrat Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee introduced H.R. 127 or the Sabika Sheikh Firearm Licensing and Registration Act on January 4, 2021.
The requires gun owners to register “the make, model, and the serial number of the firearm, the identity of the owner of the firearm, the date the firearm was acquired by the owner, and where the firearm is or will be stored.”
However, the legislation is collecting dust on the House Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security’s desk.
With hopes of passing unconstitutional gun control in Congress dashed, the Biden administration resorted to weaponizing the ATF to violate people’s right to keep and bear arms.
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