Federal Government Continues to Prove it Can’t be Trusted with Gun Owner Data

Federal Government Continues to Prove it Can’t be Trusted with Gun Owner Data

The federal government has rarely made a habit of covering itself in glory, but in recent weeks it seems determined to engender mistrust among the American public. In only the last month, three fresh examples of the federal government’s inability to secure sensitive data have come to light. These examples of official incompetence have once again made clear that the federal government cannot be trusted with gun owner data. Federal bureaucrats and gun control advocates have made clear that they want the government to maintain more information on firearms and firearm owners. ATF routinely whines about how the out-of-business dealer records (4473s) housed at the National Tracing Center have not been converted into a digitized searchable format. ATF director nominee and paid gun control lobbyist David Chipman has called for the federal registration of tens of millions of commonly-owned semi-automatic firearms. Gun rights advocates understand that collection of gun and gun owner data facilitates firearm confiscation. In addition to several notable instances in foreign countries , registration records were used to confiscate firearms in New York City in 1991 and 2013 . Prominent U.S. politicians such as President Joe Biden , Vice President Kamala Harris , and Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) have all called for gun confiscation. National Council to Control Handguns (now Brady) Chairman Nelson “Pete” Shields acknowledged registration as a prerequisite to handgun confiscation. However, the ever-present threat of confiscation is not the only compelling argument against the government collecting data on guns and gun owners. The […]

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