US Rep. Ellzey Joins 44 Republicans To Dismantle ATF Perpetuity Registry

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Washington, D.C. 一 Congressman Ellzey (TX-6) joined a group of 44 Republicans in introducing
the No Retaining Every Gun In a System That Restricts Your (REGISTRY) Rights Act to ensure the
federal government doesn’t build a federal firearms registry.
Under current law, a Federal Firearm Licensee (FFL) must give all of their firearm transaction records
from the past 20 years to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF). The ATF
maintains all of these records in the Out-of-Business Records Imaging System (OBRIS) database.
The Biden Administration has proposed a rule that would require FFLs to maintain all firearm transaction
records in perpetuity instead of destroying them after 20 years. There are valid concerns this rule will lay
the groundwork for a back-door federal firearms registry.
Through a series of letters, Congressman Cloud, Congressman Ellzey, and other Members of Congress
uncovered that ATF has acquired nearly a billion firearm transaction records. Should the proposed rule be
finalized, this number is only going to grow and could lead to the ATF having information on every
American gun owner.
The No REGISTRY Rights Act would require ATF to delete all existing firearm transaction records
accumulated by the ATF, therefore dismantling their current database and preventing the possible creation
of a federal gun registry.
The bill would also require Federal Firearm Licensees (FFLs) to destroy their firearm transaction records
once they go out of business, ensuring the ATF doesn’t continue to accumulate these records.
American gun-owners are rightfully concerned about the Biden administration’s willingness to use their
authority to impose restrictions on law-abiding Americans. And it is Congress’ job to provide the
oversight to ensure a registry is never implemented.

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