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Discussion in 'Legal' started by alan, Jun 23, 2005.

  1. alan

    alan Well-Known Member

    Senate Bill Would Grant FBI Unlimited Access To Gun Sales Records

    Gun Owners of America E-Mail Alert
    8001 Forbes Place, Suite 102, Springfield, VA 22151
    Phone: 703-321-8585 / FAX: 703-321-8408

    Thursday, June 23, 2005

    Registration leads to confiscation. We all know that, and that is why
    GOA has vehemently opposed all attempts by government forces to compile
    or retain information pertaining to lawful firearms purchases.

    But the United States Senate does not appear to see it that way. People
    on Capitol Hill seem to think that any "edge" in the war on
    terror is worth trampling on the rights of law-abiding Americans, no
    matter what the Constitution (and current law) happens to say.

    At issue is a provision in the Patriot Act reauthorization bill (S.
    1266) authored by Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS). Now, GOA has long opposed
    the vast majority of Patriot Act powers as being detrimental to freedom
    in general and dangerous to gun owners in the particular.

    In short, Sen. Roberts' language would allow the FBI to seize ANY
    business records it believes would be relevant to an anti-terrorism
    investigation... without first seeking permission from any court in the

    Gun sales are business transactions, and FFL holders must retain copies
    of the 4473 forms (yellow sheets) filled out on every gun sale. Thus,
    an anti-gun administration could easily determine that such records
    would be useful in the fight against terrorism, and demand them all.
    (In fact, shortly after 9/11, liberal Democrats in Washington were
    screaming for exactly that.)

    It gets worse. It is conceivable that your local gun dealer would risk
    his license, his business, and lots of money to protect your privacy
    and refuse to turn over the records. But under this legislation, the
    Attorney General could order the dealer NOT TO TELL YOU WHAT IS GOING
    ON. So that dealer would be the ONLY person who could contest the
    action before your life is raked over the coals... and honestly, how
    many among us would risk everything rather than tell the feds who it
    was that stopped by to pick up a Glock a couple of months ago?

    After having used an "administrative subpeona" (again, not
    subject to judicial review) to collect all gun purchase records across
    the country, your friendly anti-gun but oh-so-patriotic government
    would have brought about the gun owner's second-worst-case scenario: a
    national firearms registration list.

    Registration leads to confiscation.

    This monstrosity must be stopped. Please take the action requested
    below, and urge all freedom-loving Americans you know to do the same.

    ACTION: Contact your United States senators. Politely but firmly demand
    that they oppose the bill to expand the Patriot Act (S. 1266), and
    specifically, its provision to allow "administrative
    subpoenas" of all gun records.

    You can use the pre-written message below and send it as an e-mail by
    visiting the GOA Legislative Action Center at
    http://www.gunowners.org/activism.htm (where phone and fax numbers are
    also available).

    -----Pre-written letter-----

    Dear Senator:

    The Patriot Act expansion bill (S. 1266) would allow the United States
    government to seize every lawful gun sale record in the country...
    solely on the basis of a bureaucrat's determination that a national
    registry of gun owners would be useful in an anti-terrorism

    Registration leads to confiscation.

    Section 213 of the bill allows a designee of the Attorney General to
    issue "administrative subpoenas" for any business records
    which, in his opinion, are relevant to investigating terrorism. Even
    more ominous, the Attorney General could order gun dealers NOT to
    disclose the existence of the investigation to their customers, meaning
    that the dealer (rather than the gun purchaser) would be the only
    person who could contest this action. And why should he risk his
    livelihood on my behalf?

    None of the above is subject to prior judicial review -- it is massive
    gun control by simple executive fiat.

    I believe that a national gun registry is a step this country cannot
    afford to take, and one that the citizenry will not abide.

    I would ask you, in the strongest terms, to oppose this Patriot Act
    "reform" bill outright, and especially its administrative
    subpoena provision.



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