FIRST ON FOX: Republican Texas Rep. Michael Cloud reintroduced a invoice to require the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) to smash gun acquire data they have got of their database because the company cracks down on gun shops.
Cloud reintroduced the No Retaining Every Gun In a System That Restricts Your (No REGISTRY) Rights Act on Wednesday, which will require the ATF to smash all of the acquire data they have got of their databases.
The invoice would additionally require remaining gun shops to smash their acquire data, combating the data from going to the ATF.
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“The Second Amendment is clear: the right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed,” Cloud stated in a press liberate bought through Fox News Digital.
“The Federal Government does not have the right to subject its law-abiding, citizen firearm owners to excessive scrutiny,” Cloud persevered. “My bill would dismantle ATF’s record keeping, restore privacy for American gun owners, and reverse the groundwork laid for the creation of a federal firearms registry.”
Aidan Johnston, GOA director of federal affairs, instructed Fox News Digital “ATF has no business maintaining nearly a billion gun and gun owner records in a digital, searchable database.”
“ATF’s recordkeeping authority has been weaponized and all statutory protections against the creation of a gun registry have been maliciously circumvented,” Johnston stated.
“Gun Owners of America proudly supports Rep. Michael Cloud’s No REGISTRY Rights Act to rein in this rogue agency and completely eliminate ATF’s unconstitutional gun registry,” he persevered.
The reintroduced invoice has 62 of Cloud’s colleagues cosponsoring the measure.
Additionally, Cloud’s invoice is subsidized through GOA, the National Rifle Association (NRA), and the Firearms Regulatory Accountability Coalition (FRAC).
With a Republican-controlled House, the invoice may make it to the ground for a complete vote. Getting in the course of the Senate might be tougher, although.
But if the invoice does make it in the course of the higher chamber, it is going to pass to President Biden’s table the place he may select to veto it.
Cloud’s invoice comes because the ATF cracks down on gun shops throughout America.
Last month, Fox News Digital solely bought the ATF’s federal firearms licensee (FFL) inspection steerage from January 2022 that makes it more uncomplicated to revoke gun shops’ federal licenses.
The steerage says the company “has zero tolerance for willful violations that greatly affect public safety and ATF’s ability to trace firearms recovered in violent crimes” and that “revocation” of the FFL’s license “is the assumed action” with violations.
When an FFL loses its license, it is going to most probably shut store and be required to ship its gun acquire data — which are actually required to be stored indefinitely — directly to the ATF.
GOA first bought the paperwork and shared them with Fox News Digital.
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Last 12 months, the gun rights advocacy team Gun Owners of America (GOA) accused the ATF of keeping up an “illegal gun registry” of their file at the company’s then-new rule requiring federal firearms licensees (FFLs) — gun shops — to stay their acquire data indefinitely.
The team’s file on Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) asked paperwork printed the ATF “is maintaining a digital, searchable, centralized registry of guns and gun owners in violation of various federal prohibitions.”
“In November of 2021, an internal ATF memo leaked by Gun Owners of America revealed that ATF had processed and digitized over 50,000,000 ‘out of business’ records of gun dealers in FY 2021,” the file reads. “This report was picked up by major pundits and news outlets, including Fox News’ Tucker Carlson and the Blaze.”
GOA wrote of their file that the “ATF has reached a point where it has converted nearly one billion records (required to be kept by FFLs) into a single, centralized, and searchable national gun registry, that is routinely searched by multiple data fields (except, reportedly, by gun owner name).”
“While ATF and others maintain this does not constitute a gun registry, and that all relevant statutes and restrictions are being adhered to, the information referenced in this section, revealed in a FOIA response by ATF to Gun Owners of America, proves otherwise,” the file continues, stating that the “ATF maintains only that registry records in their final file format are not searchable by name.”
“What ATF does not mention, however, is that throughout its processes to digitize and consolidate records, the records are received from dealers and maintained by ATF in fully searchable formats (including by name). Moreover, ATF’s centralized database, even in its final form, is fully searchable by text for any of a variety of other factors (just not by name, supposedly).”
“What is more, it appears the only reason ATF’s registry is not searchable by name is because ATF has merely disabled the ability for its software to search that particular record field. Of course, something that is so easily disabled could be easily re-enabled,” the file added. “In other words, this terrifying and legally prohibited power resides at ATF’s fingertips, and American gun owners are merely relying on the agency’s promise that it is not and will not abuse that power.”
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Federal legislation earlier than the rule of thumb required federally-licensed gun shops to carry onto acquire data for at least two decades. The new rule prevents FFLs from destroying the acquisition data must they so select.
The ATF declined to remark at the regulation.