Where did I put my shocked face.
According to a response letter (embedded below), the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) acknowledged it has over 920 million firearms records, (920,664,765 records).
When they finally get around to banning guns (it’s still gonna take awhile, but the time is coming), they need to know who’s got them.
Although active FFL’s don’t submit their form 4473’s to the ATF, they must store them and if they go out of business, they have to submit them to the ATF. By creating a database of old 4473’s the ATF has a historical record of everyone who’s ever bought a firearm from an FFL that has closed its doors.
Add to that the rise in popularity of database driven electronic 4473’s and acquisition and disposition records and it doesn’t take much of a stretch to see the ATF gaining access someday and adding the records of all active FFLs.
Instant gun registry.
Of course, that won’t have the current owners of anyone who’s purchased guns through private sales…hence the hard push for “universal background checks” requiring private citizens to obtain permission from the government before selling their own personal property to another private citizen.
And, of course, that won’t help them figure out who currently owns the millions of guns that have been stolen over the years so it’s really only a registry of legal gun owners; but that doesn’t bother them…the end game isn’t to reduce crime or disarm the tiny minority of the population who habitually engage in criminal activity. The end game is to disarm the huge number of law abiding citizens who might get froggy and to decide to re-enact that part of the Declaration of Independence that says “whenever any form of Government becomes destructive to these Ends, it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it”.
That way, when they decide to send people to the latest version of the COVID camps, or outlaw private transportation to save the planet, or have OSHA pass a rule saying that you can’t be employed unless you undergo the latest fad in medical treatments, or criminalize engaging in “hate speech” by speaking out against them or “misinformation” by contradicting them, we won’t have the means to fight back.