According to a GOA release, “… gun owners’ focus must now shift to the part of Obama’s agenda which poses the most danger because it is most likely to move: the requirement that the government approve every gun transfer in America — the so-called universal background check.” President Barack Obama recently proposed a series of actions he might take in regulating long guns and handguns. Gun Owners of America is particularly troubled by one proposal that might have a good chance of being implemented.
If the universal check is implemented, then the FBI would soon have access to a list of tens of millions of Americans who own guns, according to GOA. Here’s why: GOA says universal check is especially worrisome, considering how federal agents are already skirting the laws against gunowner registration, GOA claims. Several dealers around the country have informed GOA that ATF agents are going into gun shops and copying all of the 4473s, giving them the names of every gun owner who purchased a gun through that shop.
This is illegal under the 1986 McClure-Volkmer law, GOA says, but that has apparently not stopped it from being done, the group claims.
Moreover, if every gun in America has to go through a dealer, this will create a mechanism to compile a list of every gun owner in America — a national registration system.
So, according to the Gun Owners of America, the biggest danger gun owners face right now is the prospect of universal background checks — which the group says would create a platform for national registration and eventually more regulation or even confiscation.
- Do you agree?
- Have you heard similar stories from your local gun sellers about 4473s being copied and kept by BATFE agents?
- Are GOA’s fears overblown about a national registry?
- Do you agree that a national list of customers and guns purchased provides the means for local, state, and federal agencies to confiscate firearms, ammunition, and non-compliant accessories, such as standard-capacity 30-round magazines?
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