Proof FBI’s NICS Firearms-Background-Check is Gathering Our Private Info for INTERPOL

NICS User Guide Shows the FBI is Sharing Information With INTERPOL.

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WASHINGTON, D.C.-( Gun Owners of America has obtained and supplied AmmoLand News with copies of the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) User Manual. [embedded and linked below]

The first copy of the User Manual was obtained from a GOA’s initiated Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to the FBI. The law enforcement agency heavily redacted the document. Certain information is exempt from FOIA requests. If an agency decides the information is exempt, they will blackout that section of the supplied document. Disputing what the government agencies can redact from public view tends to end up in courts, and fighting them is a drawn-out and time-consuming process.

Instead, we worked our contacts and were able to get a second copy of the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) User Manual from another source that showed the redacted information.

One of the FBI censored sections deals with giving U.S. citizens’ private data to INTERPOL, the international criminal police organization that facilitates worldwide police investigations.

When a licensed gun dealer (FFL) runs a gun buyer through NICS, the system checks four (4) databases. These databases are Interstate Identification Index (III), NICS Index, ICE Database, and the National Crime Information Center (NCIC). Located in NCIC data is INTERPOL’s Foreign Fugitive File (FFF). Note U.S. Authorities cannot arrest a subject just for being on the FFF.

FBI National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) User Manual Interpol Leak
FBI National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) User Manual Interpol Unredacted

Neither can the FBI use INTERPOL’s Foreign Fugitive File to deny the transfer of a firearm. This action begs the question of why the FBI would run a gun buyer against that part of NCIC. The document states that even though a person on the FFF doesn’t make them a “prohibited person.” It does raise a red flag for the FBI.

According to the unredacted copy of the NICS User Guide, the FBI employee doesn’t stop the transfer of the firearm at your local gun shop. After the sale is complete, the FBI representative will request the buyer’s address and personal information with a call to the FFL, who is compelled to cooperate. The FBI will then pass along the address, and possibly other private information, of the person who legally purchased a firearm to INTERPOL.

Gun owners have been told background checks are ONLY used to verify a person’s eligibility to buy a gun. This document seems to dispute this assertion. Now you can see why they want Universal Background Checks so bad…

NICS, in this case, is used to gather information on a U.S citizen or someone in the country legally who is eligible to buy a firearm. That intelligence is then supplied to a foreign law enforcement agency. It is unclear what INTERPOL does with the FBI-provided information, but it is clear that the target for the snooping is never informed that the FBI handed over their data to INTERPOL.

Certain crimes in INTERPOL countries are not crimes in the United States. Some of these foreign crimes are protected rights under our Constitution. Since handing over information is done each and every time regardless of the nature of the charge, the FBI could be handing over information about someone who was just exercising a God-given right.

Remove Prohibiting Offenses from NICS?

As in an earlier AmmoLand report, the number of people NICS denies for drug charges has fallen significantly over the past few years. At the time, AmmoLand News theorized that this could be because the decriminalization of marijuana in states around the country has led to fewer arrests.

The NICS User Manual gives another reason. The FBI rules allow the states to remove prohibiting offenses on someone’s record from the NICS database. That could mean that states are removing prior drug convictions from the person’s record in NICS because the procession of certain drugs is not prohibited under their state law. This ability to change records could explain the sharp in drug convictions preventing someone from buying a firearm.

Ratting You Out on Long Gun Purchases

There is also a long gun notification program built into NICS?

Buying a long gun over state lines is legal in the United States. NICS has a built-in program where an anti-gun state can request to be notified whenever their unsuspecting resident buys a long gun across state lines. In this case, on top of a state reporting a firearm sale to only NICS, NICS then reports a sale of a firearm to the nosey state. It isn’t clear how many states are signed up to use this program, but gun buyers should know it.

Also, the manual defaults to the buyers’ home-state law if the law is more restrictive than federal law. If a state law disqualifies a buyer for something that federal law does not, then the state can update NICS to reflect the disqualification. That means that California could disqualify purchases, that when made in-state violates CA’s laws, when the citizen is trying to buy a firearm in a free state like Arizona.

AmmoLand News will continue to analyze both documents and invite our citizen activists to do so as well. Working together to beat Government overreach.

View the PDF here: FBI National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) User Manual UNREDACTED

About John Crump

John is an NRA instructor and a constitutional activist. John has written about firearms, interviewed people of all walks of life, and on the Constitution. John lives in Northern Virginia with his wife and sons and can be followed on Twitter at @crumpyss, or at

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Deplorable Bill

The eyes of hover are upon you even though he’s gone. The eyes of hover are upon you our f b i’s right on….. I thought all that crap was against the law. Maybe it’s just the law is just for us like we see in the rest of our government. See clinton, obama, biden, harris etc. Isn’t that treason? Isn’t that tyranny? We have seen a lot of that lately. How is it that rioters and looters are bailed out of jail by the demoncrapic party while sensible, righteous, law abiding people are persicuted by the evil people who… Read more »


and usama bin biden is already here.

Henry Bowman

“Looks like the day is coming when we will have to fight just to keep our RIGHTS and FREEDOMS.”

Bro, that day is here, but for some reason I can’t put my finger on, everyone is holding back.


There are no public Ruby Bridges or Waco’s happening in several States, yet!

When the leftist governors order their state troopers to confiscate weaponry from private citizens and several of those private citizens resist, we will then see on media in all forms the dead bodies of family members including children killed by the state trooper SWAT teams!

When enough of these happen and people see the Carnage, that is when Lexington occurs.

Cheers from the oil patch in Central Wyoming


This is just S.O.P. The authorities (no matter what kind: Monarchy, Socialist, whatever) leave themselves ‘outs’ to get what they want. In this case, legally forbidden to keep their firearms records long term, the US authorities simply offload those records to another Country that CAN keep them. In this case France.

Country Boy

just like the 2020 election server tallying our votes.
I see a pattern here………………


the leftovers of two megalomaniacs,fdr and hoover , fbi and atf both should be dumped and a new agency set up with civilian oversight a judge appointed by secrete court gives rules validity wtf there is no way any of this passes smell test


Defund the FBI.

Defamed Worker

Defund and dismantle.

Defamed Worker

The FBI. The original home grown terrorist organization.


Since the FBI is prohibited by law from retaining records of purchasers, the data is being sent to Interpol who then can retain it. Once the laws are changed to permit the establishment of a firearm owners database, the FBI will have Interpol send the saved date to it and the database will go back many, many years!


Seriously guys? You really think the government DIDNT keep the info on the guns you bought in the past 20-30 years when they ran the background checks?? How naive… I give a rat’s ass?, nope… this point the Feds have no logistical way to take away our firearms…this is the normal “We need more gun control laws” that the Dems are required by their base to call for, but in the end never pass any meaningful gun control legislation….i’m still trying to figure the REAL issue we have in this country now called “ammo shortage” and how no one seems… Read more »


“i’m still trying to figure the REAL issue we have in this country now called ‘ammo shortage’ and how no one seems to be complaining about it…….because that is the ONLY way to Government could control our gun use without taking guns away…”

There are lots of people complaining about the price and availability of ammo. Is there any amount of reasoning you would accept regarding the “REAL” issue of price and availability of ammo?