Republican Elected Officials Inquire about the ATF’s Move to Establish a Gun Registry

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) presents an existential to the right to bear arms. This government agency finds every way possible to harass lawful gun owners without any form of democratic or electoral mechanisms to keep it in check.

Thankfully, 52 Republican elected officials are rising to hold the ATF accountable for its misdeeds.

This group of House Republicans penned a letter on November 22, 2021 urging that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) answer several questions that they believed could demonstrate that the agency is establishing an illegal federal gun registry.

“It is critical that the [ATF] does not use its power to encroach on the privacy of gun owners and restrict their Second Amendment rights,” the letter stated.

This letter came in the aftermath of a report that was released earlier this month that discovered that the Biden administration’s efforts to collect the records of 54 million gun owners who own a firearm to establish a database.

Texas Congressman Michael Cloud is leading the charge in pushing this letter. In the letter, Cloud demands the agency answer five questions the signers put forth, which he wants a response to by the end of 2021.

The Republican congressmen’s questions were addressed to Acting ATF Director Marvin Richardson, which expressed fears about an ATF rule change that could potentially circumvent the current federal prohibition of a registry of gun owners.

Earlier this month, a report surfaced about the ATF compiling and maintaining records of firearms purchases from gun stores that went out of business.

The questions in the letter consist of how many records the ATF’s Out-of-Business Records Centers (OOB) have compiled in total and how many records have been processed into digital format.

Additionally, the letter asks whether the compilation of these records contributed to the prosecution of violent criminals in the last three years. Plus, the letter asked how far those records were dated back to.

Tom Knighton of Bearing Arms raised an interesting point about having paperwork requirements:

See, one problem I’ve always had with the paperwork requirements for buying a gun is that it creates a paper trail that would allow the government to determine who owns firearms and who doesn’t. The saving grace is that records are kept at the gun store so long as it’s in business, at which point it’s then forwarded to the ATF where it sits in a warehouse.
Again, these records are kept with the FFL holder who handles the transfer, but for how long?

One major problem with establishment gun lobbies and the Republicans they associate with has been their acceptance and complacency with regards to the gun control bureaucracy. The fact is that the very presence of unconstitutional institutions like NICS and the ATF give power-hungry leftists vast mechanisms to destroy the Second Amendment.

If we don’t get serious about reducing these government agencies’ and laws’ power, or eliminating them altogether, the Left will inevitably gain full control of these institutions and use them to destroy our freedoms.

The stakes are that high.
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