Thursday, November 5, 2009

ATF Admits They Have a National Gun Registry.

A press release from the New Jersey  Democratic State Committee (Also at JPFO) reveals what peaceable gun owners have suspected for a long time: The ATF is building a national registry of firearms and firearm owners.
E-trace is a nationwide database maintained by the ATF that lists a firearm's first purchaser, date of purchase and the retailer from which it was purchased. The information is compiled from police records of gun purchases provided by local departments, but until today was only accessible by the ATF and the police department that provided it.
This comes as no surprise but it's nice to see to confirmed.  Two immediate consequences I see are:
  1. The Brady Bill supposedly made it illegal for any Federal agency to build such a database.  The ATF now admits ignoring the law, cementing the perception of it as a lawless agency.
  2. Gun owners who hesitated to act politically because, "I don't want to get on a list" can stop worrying -- you're already on a list -- and start acting.

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