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Biden Administration Collected Records From Millions of Gun Owners

ATF collects and stores records from closed gun shops


The Biden Administration collected information on nearly 55 million gun owners during the past year.

Documents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms processed 53.7 million out-of-business records during 2021.

“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,” reported The Washington Free Beacon. “This practice allows the federal government to stockpile scores of gun records and has drawn outrage from gun advocacy groups that say the government is using this information to create a national database of gun owners — which has long been prohibited under U.S. law.”

Because of this practice, the ATF took possession of 53.8 million paper records and another 887,000 electronic records during 2021.

Under the Gun Control Act of 1968, when a licensed firearm dealer goes out of business, they are required to provide the ATF with their records. The records are subsequently turned into images before physical records are destroyed. Gun shops are not required to keep their records after 20 years. The ATF’s data system cannot be searched by a purchaser’s name.

“We compare it to an electronic card catalog system, where records are digitally imaged, but not optimized for character recognition,” ATF spokesman Corey Ray told The Trace in 2016.

Aidan Johnston, director of federal affairs for the Gun Owners of America, told the Free Beacon:

“As if the addition of over 50 million records to an ATF gun registry wasn’t unconstitutional or illegal enough, the Biden administration’s misuse of ‘out-of-business’ records doesn’t end there. Instead of maintaining the right of [licensed firearm dealers] to destroy Firearm Transaction Records after 20 years, buried within Biden’s proposed regulations is a provision that would mean every single Firearm Transaction Record going forward would eventually be sent to ATF’s registry in West Virginia.”

The records are stored at the National Trace Center in Martinsburg, West Virginia. The agency has collected over 285 million records, including about 20,000 boxes of physical records. According to The New York Times, the ATF has so many records stored in its West Virginia site that several years ago the floor collapsed.

The contentious issue of gun registration is regarded as a necessary protocol by gun-control advocates and a red flag by many gun owners.

“Gun rights advocates understand that collection of gun and gun owner data facilitates firearm confiscation. In addition to several notable instances in foreign countries, registration records were used to confiscate firearms in New York City in 1991 and 2013,” says the NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action

The organization notes that “prominent U.S. politicians such as President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, and Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) have all called for gun confiscation. National Council to Control Handguns (now Brady) Chairman Nelson ‘Pete’ Shields acknowledged registration as a prerequisite to handgun confiscation.”

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7 responses to “Biden Administration Collected Records From Millions of Gun Owners”

  1. Compiling a gun owner data base may well be prohibited but since when has the Biden junta cared anything about the law or the people of the USA. The left in this country and the corporate globalists supporting them are evil incarnate and will never submit to the rule of law on their own accord. Sooner or later, like it or not we will have to permanently eliminate them just as was done with the Nazis by what ever means necessary. The longer we engage in denial and the mistaken belief that this can be resolved by legal means or that fanatic, cultists can be negotiated with the greater will be the cost in blood and freedom. To the left the end always justifies the means and they are every bit as corrupt, evil and psychotic as were the Nazis in achieving that end. As such the sooner we get it through our heads that this is a war for our survival and life as we have known it and deal with it as such the sooner it ends.

  2. MisterRepublic says:

    I love one of my friends always said. “They can come for my guns, I’ll give them up one bullet at a time.” 🙂

  3. Feddy_Von_Wigglestein says:

    Gun control is enough of a reason to discount someone for office. Zero other things need be considered if they don’t pass that basic test.

  4. Devilsgun says:

    Abolish the goddamned BATFE, eliminate all gun control laws, stop the fucking infringements and bullshit.

    Fuck Gun Control and Fuck Gun Control Advocates. There’s no more room for niceties

  5. Devon says:

    Your cool , or as the kids are saying …. based

  6. Garce says:

    Since the right to keep and bear arms in a constitutionally protected right, but the right to kill an unborn child is not, yet its allowed, how about we have a registry that shows all people who have an abortion or perform one? Its just a list, what do they have to fear?

  7. FAAFO says:

    It isn’t cliche – it isn’t over used – it’s a fact. You may have my firearms when you come and pry them from my cold dead hands.

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