Skip to comments.Obama Budget Lays Groundwork for Universal Gun Registry
Posted on 04/10/2014 4:20:23 PM PDT by neverdem
Last Friday, Attorney General Eric Holder testified before a House appropriations subcommittee on behalf of his department's proposed budget for FY2015.
Apparently, Holder didn't think anyone would read his written submission, because he all-but-admitted that Obama intends to implement a Universal Gun Registry by executive fiat.
He also asked Congress to help fund so-called smart gun technology, which would prevent a gun from firing unless the shooter is wearing an accompanying bracelet or ring.
Smart guns are a dumb idea
Given that smart gun technology only works about 80 percent of the time -- according to the New Jersey Institute of Technology -- gun owners almost universally consider this a dumb idea.
Even police have rejected the dumb gun approach for themselves.
Currently, there are no such guns on the market in the United States. One gun store did briefly offer an Armatix .22 caliber earlier this year, but public outrage forced them to pull the handgun from the shelves.
Holder pushes a Universal Gun Registry
This years Obama budget shows how the administration is trying to quietly create the infrastructure for a universal gun registry.
In proposed Program Increases for the FBI, Holder has this to say:
This program enhancement will double the capacity of the existing NICS [National Instant Check System] system. These expansions are vital in ensuring that the NICS system can support a Universal Background Check requirement, which is expected to double gross NICS transactions.
It may have escaped the Attorney General's notice, but the Democrat Senate defeated his Universal Background Check requirement.
So, in effect, Holder's asking for $100 million and 524 personnel to implement a program Congress rejected.
But that's not all.
Holder seeking more ATF agents to copy to 4473 forms
In the section on ATF Program Increases, Holder demands $51.1 million and 255 agents and other personnel for enforcement and inspections.
In case anyone has forgotten, these are the people who are going to the FFL's in connection with annual inspections -- and physically copying all the 4473's and bound book entries. GOA has reported on these efforts before, and one can read first-hand accounts from gun dealers here and here.
So under Holder's proposed budget, many more 4473's would be copied and fed into ATF's de facto registry.
At the same time, Obama's illegal Universal Background Check -- implemented, presumably, by executive fiat -- would ensure every gun transaction would have to go through an FFL. And this, of course, would guarantee that every American gun owner would have a 4473 which can be copied.
Think about it. With Republicans expected to take the Senate this fall -- and Obama stymied legislatively -- he has every incentive to go "full tyrant." And that, apparently, is exactly what he intends to do.
But we have no intention to sit back and let Holder take away our Second Amendment rights. We have drafted legislation to prohibit ATF from copying 4473's -- and to require it to destroy any 4473's it currently has.
UPDATE: GOA recently alerted you that an import ban on certain ammunition could be forthcoming from the ATF. Well, its official now -- the ATF just declared that Russian-made 7N6 5.45x39 ammo is armor piercing. This lawlessness represents another reason that Congress needs to cut the ATFs budget.
ACTION: Contact your Representative. Demand that the Commerce-Justice-Science appropriations bill contain language to prohibit ATF from compiling a national gun registry by copying and retaining the 4473's of every American.
Wish they could pass a law that all executive orders are vacated after 2 years if not legislated into law.
This will be as popular as a fart in a space suit.
I assure you they have, now, a permanent database of every gun transaction they know about (and they been copying the info out of paper records at every FFL, in turn).
And there is a law on the books that specifically prohibits the maintenance of a federal, permanent record. Specifically.
This type of lawlessness can end only one way.
Trials and hangings.
By hook or by crook, President Lenin intends to void the constitution, and he’s got three more years to do it.
“This type of lawlessness can end only one way.”
The problem is that a very large part of the electorate doesn’t think of it as lawlessness but “doing the right thing”.
Section 103(i) of the Brady Act specifically bars federal agencies from retaining any record or portion thereof generated by the [NICS] system, and it prohibits the registration of firearms, firearm owners, or firearm transactions of those who pass the background check.
That's pretty clear right there, I don't care WHO you are.
Now, if we just had a real Congress they could use that statute (ironic eh? The Brady Handgun Law lol) in the Impeachment trial.
Not happening, no chance.
Holder and 0bama are scofflaws. I’ll be a scofflaw.
Nope— not gonna happen.
They can already override them, which is just about as good, except that then it becomes political, so of course they shirk their duty to do so.
Gun? What gun?
I’m sure my “rep” will agree with me. Yeah, I’ll call first thing in the morning.....
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At this point, unless the outgoing Obama gives Holder a pardon for all the crimes he has committed in office, Republicans should start keeping a tally, so that the day after inauguration day, the first appointed federal prosecutor will convene a grand jury.
I swear to God, they’re wanting a shooting war.
They have a gun registry in Canada, it’s not even popular there.
Even in Canada they did away with the long gun registry a couple years ago. Lots of Canadians never bothered to register their guns anyway.