Congressman Cloud Introduces Bill to Dismantle ATF’s Secret Gun Registry

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Washington, D.C. 一 -( Today, Congressman Michael Cloud (TX-27) led a group of 44 Republicans in introducing the No Retaining Every Gun In a System That Restricts Your (REGISTRY) Rights Act (embedded below) to ensure the federal government doesn’t build a federal firearms registry.

Under current law, a Federal Firearm Licensee (FFL) must give all of their firearm transaction records from the past 20 years to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF). The ATF maintains all of these records in the ​​Out-of-Business Records Imaging System (OBRIS) database.

The Biden Administration has proposed a rule that would require FFLs to maintain all firearm transaction records in perpetuity instead of destroying them after 20 years. There are valid concerns this rule will lay the groundwork for a back-door federal firearms registry, which led Congressman Cloud to launch an investigation into ATF’s (OBRIS) database.

Through a series of letters, Congressman Cloud and other Members of Congress uncovered that ATF has acquired nearly a billion firearm transaction records. Should the proposed rule be finalized, this number is only going to grow and could lead to the ATF having information on every American gun owner.

Congressman Cloud’s No REGISTRY Rights Act would require ATF to delete all existing firearm transaction records accumulated by the ATF, therefore dismantling their current database and preventing the possible creation of a federal gun registry.

The bill would also require Federal Firearm Licensees (FFLs) to destroy their firearm transaction records once they go out of business, ensuring the ATF doesn’t continue to accumulate these records.

American gun-owners are rightfully concerned about the Biden administration’s willingness to use their authority to impose restrictions on law-abiding Americans. And it is Congress’ job to provide the oversight to ensure a registry is never implemented.

“The Second Amendment is clear, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed,” Congressman Cloud said. “There is no reason for law-abiding American gun owners to be subjected to excessive scrutiny on the firearms they own by the federal government. My bill would dismantle ATF’s record-keeping, restore privacy for American gun owners, and reverse the groundwork laid in the creation of a federal firearms registry.”

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Nice thought, but Biden would veto after his handlers give him his pudding and tell him what to say and do. We need a new Congress and a legit president to pass this.

Wild Bill

It will be spendy and time consuming.

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I don’t see what 20 years or for a lifetime difference is when they are not supposed to have the data base now. Our republican legislators should not have to propose a bill to stop them from doing something that is illegal in the first place that was never supposed to be done.

What more Proof do we need to show that our government lies to us and is corrupt,


Right. There are already two laws that outlaw a registry. That congressman should grab some armed FBI agents, march over to the place in WV, and magnetize their hard drives. Then burn the damn building with all the paper records.


This should be one of the very first actions of the new congress. Flood the White House with overrides, committee investigation after investigation, subpoena on top of subpoena, and start the impeachment of the Attorney General, all federal states attorney and load up the articles of impeachment for “the big guy” the Lord knows that list can be as long as the the day is on June 21st of any given year.

Wild Bill

Yes! A repub House could impeach every woke federal judge. every woke Biden Administration member, and Biden. The a repub Senate could convict and remove every one of them.
A new president could fire every senior executive service member; and every GS 15, and 14; and every woke general officer and admiral.
Purge them all, and restaff. There is the revolution!


I like that better than the alternative. It amazed me when Trump didn’t clean house and kept some of obummers people in place. To me it was like he was promoting his own demise.


trump for what he is he is still a product of new york, he does not know what freedom is just privilege


the fbi is in on this , more like go to ft brag , and do a training exercise ,


Let’s not waste the building. I like your idea with a nice big bon fire and a bbq. Even Nancy can be invited and step up and say, “see we really do care about the constitution and the laws” after the republicans did the work to get the job done.


No argument from me. I will leave it there for now.


We got your back Congressman Cloud

NYS Patriot

I have been worried about this for years, that once the feds have acquired any personal info on anyone, they will fight to maintain it. They are required to destroy within 24 hours every “approved” nix check performed for a civilian firearm purchase,so do you really think that they do? That info is gold. Besides, if they are mandated to destroy these records, copies of them will just go underground on L/E thumb drives, or to the FBI, or Homeland Security. “Too late” is the term that comes to mind….How about “never again” instead…