Gun Owners of America Uncover Proof of A Secret Gun Registry

Gun Owners of America Uncover Proof of A Secret Gun Registry
Gun Owners of America Uncover Proof of A Secret Gun Registry

WASHINGTON, D.C. -( Gun Owners of America (GOA) has released documents proving that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) keeps an illegal gun registry.

AmmoLand News has reported that the ATF has been scanning nearly one billion “Out of Business” records using optical character recognition (OCR) software. If you did not know already, out-of-business FFL’s 4473 documents from gun sales made over the duration of that business have been turned over to the ATF. These “out of business” documents include personal information, including social security numbers, addresses, height, weight, eye color, etc. The ATF claims that this database is not searchable by name. This claim is true on the surface because the ATF has disabled the field within the software, but that field can be easily re-enabled at any time with just a few clicks of a mouse.

The database is currently searchable by all other fields except gun owners’ names. GOA and some members of Congress claim that this constitutes an illegal gun registry. Representative Michael Cloud has introduced the No Retaining Every Gun in a System That Restricts Your (REGISTRY) Rights Act in the House of Representatives. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas has introduced a REGISTRY companion bill into the Senate.

“We cannot allow Joe Biden and the radical leftists in his administration to establish a permanent gun registry they can use to target Americans they see as their opponents for exercising their Second Amendment rights,” Cruz said in a statement released to the media.

“That’s why I’m proud to introduce the No REGISTRY Rights Act to require the ATF to delete all of their existing transaction records before they can be used against law-abiding Americans,” Cruz continued.

If the bill were to pass, it would require the ATF to destroy all out-of-business records in its possession. Federal firearms license (FFL) holders would no longer send their documents, such as the ATF Form 4473, to the Bureau’s out-of-business office in Martinsburg, WV. The FFL would destroy any record, thus preventing the ATF from scanning the documents into the database.

The ATF has taken other steps to expand the out-of-business registry.

The government agency has strongly encouraged FFLs still in business to turn over records to the ATF. In the past, FFLs only had to keep records for 20 years, but the ATF recently changed the rule requiring FFLs to keep records indefinitely.

The ATF has also stopped issuing variances that allow FFLs to keep records off-site. That change could mean that 1000s of records must be kept onsite even if there is no room to store the forms. The only other choices that the FFLs have is to store the documents digitally or turn them over to the Bureau for scanning into the database. Gun rights activists see this change as a concerted effort of the ATF to acquire all documents to expand the registry.

The Biden administration has pushed for an extensive firearms registry. The administration feels that a searchable database will help it take on the gun industry. Gun rights activists worry that a gun registry will lead to gun confiscation.

The ATF would not comment on REGISTRY. Even if REGISTRY were to pass, the President would veto the bill. There are not enough votes in Congress to overturn a veto, but if Biden loses his reelection bid, it could change the chances of the bill passing.

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We should have a national registry. We should have a federal red flag system. And public schools should have full funding for counseling and psychological support for students.

2A Gun Guy

You are Proof that Stupid can’t be Fixed


He’s posted equally idiotic shit like that before too.


If you read Ammoland you would know it was just discovered that DOJ or ATF has a list of 5 billion gun owners that is being challenged in court right now so there is your national registry that didn’t do any good. As far as the federal red flag system there is a system in place where background checks are made and people on no fly lists cant fly and felons cant buy guns. If administrators and health practitioners don’t use the system that is already in place it’s not the peoples fault that it didn’t work and another system… Read more »

Wild Bill

unworthy of comment.


Explain how that registry will stop crime.
And new York has red flag law and it did NOT stop the Buffalo shooter.
What’s your next bs idea ??

Happy Everafter

Snakes are so deep I can’t even see the grass.

4th plank – call all regular Americans ‘rebels’ or ‘terrorists’ and simply start taking their property…

Easy peasy…


Those records being compiled is a crime by law. Burn it to the ground, and fire all agents, Then arrest and prosecute them


The gubmint has declared war on the Citizen. Time for the Citizen to engage. NOT by petitions or lawsuits. NOT by “voting”.


The citizens are apathetic to anything that comes from the government because they were taught to fear the government thereby giving up their balls and any backbone they might have seen displayed in a movie or video game.


You and people like you are the biggest problem facing Americans right now.


That’s one reason I’ve been buying and selling and trading firearms with individuals for years. ATF could possible trace a half-dozen things to me, but I can’t remember who I sold everything else to. “I have no clear recollection” of even owning a bunch of stuff.

Wild Bill

I have a neighbor that does the same. He becomes intrigued with some new or old firearm, buys one, learns its secrets, and sells it. He really knows a lot, but I doubt if he remembers every transaction, either.
His interest in firearms is more in the nature of original research, than collecting, competing, or hunting.


At this point, ‘what difference does it make”!


Sweet response!


In the words of the famous President Ronald Reagan while under questioning, “I do not recall.”


Personally I believe that if you fill out a 4473, especially digital version, then the BATFE has a record of what guns you own, plus several other alphabet law enforcement agencies, and not just out of business FFL’s. The government has been keeping those records since the beginning of background checks. I mean really just think about it. why would you destroy records of gun ownership that has been sent to you from people looking to purchase firearms, that has been sent willingly. plus there is the digital version, and everybody knows you cannot delete anything permanently on a device… Read more »

Last edited 2 months ago by ashort

Ket’s staert HERE: NOT ONE bit of information I have been FORCED to surrender to BATF or FBI was so done WILLINGLY. Back before Blooomburg bought the new law in my state, I bought and sold quite a bit at gun shows and other private places, not one shred of data went to da gummit on any of them. So let’s have done with your “willingly” lie. Next, there is NO REASON da gummit to know anything about WHAT item I am purchasing. The ONLY function, originaly, of the background check/NICS was to assure that I the purchaser, was not… Read more »


Today it is very easy to understand the overreach by the Biden Administration and his political party. Clearly that are not the party of law and order as their actions speak for themselves. The democrats have weaponized most of the government agencies they themselves have created to remove our freedoms. If you just single out the border crisis as one problem it then becomes clear that the democrats are in fact responsible for not only illegals entering into our country but the crimes they commit. The open border has created more than on issue than just immigration. The amount of… Read more »


Please read this then it will help readers understand just how evil those in Washington have become and who the democrats support


demoncrats swore they would destroy the union after they lost the civil war, they are doing it and most are to stupid to see

Wild Bill

The War Between the States was all about some states wanting to return to a confederation with sovereignty residing at the state level, and others wanting to continue a nationalist republic. This country began with sovereignty residing in the individual states, which participated as a group occasionally. The individual states were not paying their share of the war debt that had accrued from the Revolutionary War. So a convention of the states was called to amend the Articles of Confederation and the delegates immediately hijacked the Convention; threw the Articles of Confederation away; and wrote a constitution that gave sovereignty… Read more »

Ansel Hazen

Make no mistake. This data can/will only be removed at gunpoint.

Henry Bowman

Yup! That’s what it will take! Good news is:
1) We massively outnumber them
2) We are better marksmen
3) Angry Americans are seeing that 3/4ths of our freedom boxes have been denied to us and we’re approaching “critical mass” just like how it was right before April 19, 1775!


and likely what will happen again