Federal Government Has Records of Over 920 Million Gun Sales: Report

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The U.S. federal government has amassed records comprising over 920 million gun sales from the records of firearms dealers who went out of business, amid concerns alleging the Biden administration is seeking to create a federal gun registry, which would be unlawful.

In a letter (pdf), the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF) told Rep. Michael Cloud (R-Texas) that as of November 2021, it was holding a database of 920,664,765 firearm purchase records. The letter was obtained and first reported by the Washington Free Beacon.

“This includes digital and an estimated number of hard copy records that are awaiting image conversion. It is currently estimated that 865,787,086 of those records are in digitalized format,” Daniel Board, the ATF’s assistant director of public and governmental affairs, told the congressman.

The latest report reveals the ATF is overseeing a number of gun owners records far higher than previously disclosed—the Washington Free Beacon previously reported in November 2021 that in fiscal year 2021, the ATF processed 54.7 million firearms purchase records—53.8 million in paper copies, and 887,000 more in electronic format.

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