Fox News: GOA’s ATF report accuses agency of making ‘illegal gun registry’ as Cruz takes aim in Senate

A gun rights organization’s new report on the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) accuses the agency of creating an “illegal gun registry” with a new rule as Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, takes aim in Congress.

Gun Owners of America (GOA), a gun rights advocacy group, blasted the ATF for their “illegal gun registry” in their new report on the finalized rule requiring federal firearms licensees (FFLs) to maintain purchase records indefinitely.

The group’s report on Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requested documents revealed 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 report reads. “This report was picked up by major pundits and news outlets, including Fox News’ Tucker Carlson and the Blaze.”

GOA wrote in their report 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 report continues, pointing out that the “ATF maintains only that registry records in their final file format are not searchable by name.”…

GOA director of federal affairs Aidan Johnston told Fox News Digital that their report establishes “proof” that the Biden administration ATF is “openly” creating a backdoor federal gun registry through their finalized new rule.

“After years of ATF and the Biden administration telling Americans that there is no national gun registry, we have proof that shows that Biden’s ATF is openly doing just that by illegally obtaining and compiling a complete record of all firearm purchases,” Johnston said. “These actions are not only an abuse of power, but explicitly violate several federal laws.”

The GOA report calls the rule an “illegal gun registry” and points out that the move violates federal gun laws, such as “the Firearms Owners’ Protection Act, which prohibits ‘any rule or regulation’ from being newly enacted to require records be transferred to the government.”

GOA also warned that “every Firearms Transaction Record kept forever, these forms will eventually become out-of-business records and permanently end up in ATF’s illegal gun registry of every commercially transferred firearm in the United States.”…

Cruz told Fox News Digital that the “Biden administration has managed to politicize and weaponize almost all of our federal agencies against conservatives – and it’s time we take a stand.”

“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.

“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,” the Texas senator continued.

Cloud told Fox News Digital that a “federal firearms registry is explicitly banned by law” and gave props to GOA for their FOIA request of the ATF.

“Thanks to Gun Owners of America’s FOIA request, it has become abundantly clear that ATF has illegally built a centralized, and even searchable, firearms database,” Cloud said. “It is now more important than ever for Congress to pass my No REGISTRY Rights Act to delete these records and protect the Second Amendment.”

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