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The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) is illegally stockpiling vast amounts of data about gun owners, according to an audit by the Government Accountability Office (GAO).
GAO in a report earlier this month announced that the ATF violated both federal law and its own policies by not deleting Federal Firearms License [FFL] information on two data systems, thus not complying with “the appropriations act restriction prohibiting consolidation or centralization of FFL records.” An FFL is a firearm retailer.
The information was found during an audit.
FoxNews personality Andrew Napolitano, a former judge on the New Jersey superior court, said that when passing the law more than a decade ago, Congress was concerned about an “anti-gun president.”
“Congress decided that since the states regulate guns, and not the federal government, the federal government would never be able to keep a list of every gun owner and every gun owned by that person,” he said. “But they are.”
The federal government, by law, is supposed to collect the data “for statistical reasons only” — meaning they are to destroy names and addresses, Napolitano said.
“Look where we are now,” he said. “Now we have a president who doesn’t believe in the right to keep and bear arms. He might be succeeded by another president who doesn’t believe in the right to keep and bear arms, who has a small army, the ATF, who knows where every gun is, and who owns the guns and could harass or confiscate.”
ATF’s action, Napolitano said, “violates federal law, it violates a Supreme Court opinion, it violates our natural right to self-defense — which is protected by the Second Amendment.”
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