Listen up! The ATF is trying to change the 4473 form (FFL Firearms Transfer Record that you fill out when you buy a new firearm) and they are going to sneak in a National Registry at the same time.
The STATED purpose of the change is to provide science deniers a spot under gender to choose something besides male or female. However, snuck in this proposal is the digitization of your information.
The way it is now, NICS (National Instant Criminal Background Check System) the place that your FFL calls your 4473 in to, only keeps Records of successful transactions for 24 hours. In other words, if you submit the paperwork to buy a firearm and the background check is submitted to their database, it is only retained for 24 hours before being deleted IF you were not denied.
Be aware, denials are kept indefinitely, however they are not kept in the NICS database indefinitely. NICS logs denials and keeps a database of denied applications for a period of 10 years, after which it is transferred to an FBI database.
FFLs keep the 4473 forms forever. The ATF only has the form 4473s of FFLs that have ceased operations. There is a caveat. FFLs have noted that ATF agents have come in and photocopied and even PHOTOGRAPHED their 4473s following leads in criminal cases.
Currently the ATF has no ability to search the text of a 4473 on file, and no effort is made to tag files with identifiers that could later be used to sort and search. In fact, at one point, the ATF attempted to merge their “trace” information from one server with the form 4473 data.
The U.S. Government Accountability Office (U.S. GAO) got wind of this and put an immediate stop to it, forcing the ATF to delete all 252 million records on the server
All the ATF has now is an electronic card catalog system, like a library. The records are digitally imaged, but not optimized for character recognition and digitization, which would allow keyword searches. Because that would be ILLEGAL.
In 1986, Congress enacted the Firearms Protection Act, which bans the ATF from creating a registry of guns, gun owners, or gun sales. Congress also put a rider barring the agency from “consolidation or centralization” of gun dealers’ records in every spending bill affecting the agency from 1979 through 2011, then made the prohibition permanent, under law.
The reason for the prohibition is that keyword searches and digitization of text, will handily lead to national gun registries.
And that’s where we are with this proposal. It will allow a seamless transition to a national gun registry. It is a bell that cannot be unrung.
You can read the ATF Proposal in full here.
Is it fear mongering to say that the ATF will do something to violate our rights and this will result in a National Registry?
Well, I’m not entirely sure they would violate our rights, why don’t we go out to the range and shoot our bump stock rifles and talk it over? What’s that you say? The ATF said they are illegal and you had to DESTROY your bump stock?
I’ll say it again, this proposal is a bell that cannot be unrung. Once it happens, there is NO going back.
The important verbiage in this proposal: “in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995.“
That means only one thing. Cloud based collections and digitization. A Registry.
Concerned yet? Good! Now do something about it. Right this minute! Don’t wait, RFC ends Monday, two days from now.
Gun Owners of America has an easy form on their site that you can fill out and automatically email the ATF to comment.
If you don’t want GOA to collect your information, you can send your own email to:
GOA’s form automatically fills in the Subject and Body of the email with this:
Do not change the 4473 Form (FR Doc. 2019-27719)
No one is fooled by your most recent regulatory proposal to revamp 4473’s.
Gun owners are familiar with reports that your agents have used the annual inspection under 18 U.S.C. 923(g) to make electronic copies of a dealer’s 4473’s — which is a violation of both 18 U.S.C. 923(g) and 18 U.S.C. 926.
Now, with gun information on the same page as gun owner information, these lawless actions will be easier for you.
So, until ATF agrees to abide by federal law, I would be opposed to a 4473 change which would make the law easier to violate.
Feel free to edit it as you like, or add your own sauce. But be sure to EMPHATICALLY TELL THE ATF, DO NOT DO THIS!
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