Leave it to the government to accidentally make a list of all the legal gun owners in America. What do you think they’re planning to do with the list?
A new report from one of the government’s top watchdog agencies revealed that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) stockpiled information of lawful gun purchasers through negligence and refusing to follow its own policies. Auditors from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) reported that the ATF failed to remove the names of law-abiding gun owners from its Multiple Sales (MS) database and another system called Access 2000.
Policies by the ATF dictate that the organization keep those names on file for two years. After the two year period has passed the ATF is required to remove all identifying information from the databases if the weapon in question has not been linked to any crimes.
A loophole in the policy allowed the database to be created. According to the policy any FFLs that go out of business are no longer subject to the ATFs requirements. Officials continued to delete the records of FFLs that were still in business but allowed the out-of-business FFL records to accumulate. By the time the records were deleted over 10,000 names had been archived.