The federal government demands that everyone register their firearms at the time of purchase, which many like myself believe to be a violation of the Second Amendment. However, a recent report revealed that those federal ATF records have some serious issues.
Leave it to the Government to require individuals to register National Firearms Act firearms and screw up the registry leaving a number of individuals with firearms that were possibly registered with no proof or obtaining criminal convictions against those who had firearms that were possibly registered in accordance with the law.
Of Arms and the Law editor David Hardy has a pending Freedom of Information Act Request against the United States. Yesterday, his attorney Stephen Stambouleih won a partial motion for summary judgment which resulted in the Department of Justice’s Office of the Inspector General having to turn over documents (note the documents themselves are from 2007).
While the revelation of the inaccuracies of the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record (“NFRTR”) are nothing new, the documents reveal a very different perspective on the issue. OIG had taken a survey of ATF Industry Operations Inspectors (“IOIs”) on the NFRTR. Prior to IOIs conducting a compliance inspection of a FFL who has an SOT, they print off a list of the firearms the NFRTR says the dealer should have and compare it to the physical inventory…
It’s typical for the federal government to screw up anything they get involved with it. The ATF’s track record is less than stellar. Consider their Operation Fast and Furious that provided over 2,000 guns to mostly the Mexican drug cartels. Those guns were used to murder at least one, possible more, Border Patrol agents and at least 300 Mexican nationals.