New Rule Sees Gun Dealers to Disclose Buyer Information to Federal Government

The FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), which aims to gather residential addresses of gun buyers in an effort to conform with new federal law, recently enacted a new regulation.

FBI to Collect Details of Rejected Buyers

The FBI will now be obliged to get the personal details of purchasers who attempt to make an acquisition, but are rejected or experience a delayed transaction from federally licensed firearms dealers (FFLs).

Additionally, the FBI will give information on unsuccessful transactions, including delayed exchanges, as well as the private details of rejected individuals, to local law enforcement.

In the past, in the event of refusal or delay, weapons dealers just had to reveal a buyer’s state of residence, instead of their whole address.

Following President Joe Biden’s signature of the fiscal 2022 spending bill in March, the policy was changed. The NICS Denial Notification Act, which is part of the Violence Against Women Act Reauthorization Act (VAWA), was included in the package.

The FBI outlines the new policy’s implementation in an email Gun Owners of America (GOA) was able to receive from the bureau.

According to the NICS Denial Notification Act of 2022, the FBI’s NICS Section must give state, local, or tribal law enforcement a 24-hour notice for any FBI NICS refused transactions.

According to the FFL’s address and, if different, the buyer’s address, the FBI must notify law police, the email adds.

When transactions are “denied or delayed,” the FFLs are required to give the NICS the buyer’s exact address as it appears on the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) Form 4473.

Even before the result can be delivered or retrieved by the NICS outsourced call center or via the NICS E-Check, the address details will be required. The FBI has been contacted by The Epoch Times.

New Action Deemed Unlawful

Gun rights group Central Texas Gun Works denounced the new action as being unlawful.

The owner of the organization, Michael Cargill, challenged the requirement that FFLs record residences of clients whose purchases are just delayed while being ultimately accepted for a weapon transaction in a news release on September 27.

He noted the bill passed by Congress did not contain such a provision.

The eventual aim of developing an illegal gun owner database cannot be advanced by the ATF or the FBI acting beyond the bounds of congressional power and in a manner that violates the Constitution, according to Cargill.

The FBI’s choice is the most recent in a line of actions that gun owners claim will limit their freedom.

Visa revealed last month that it is prepared to work with other credit card companies to tag purchases tied to firearms. Visa’s action, according to the National Rifle Association, is “corroding the liberties of law-abiding Americans.”

Over 415 million weapons are carried by Americans, as indicated by the National Firearms Survey that research firm Sentiment performed last year. With an estimated 333 million people living there, this translates to 1.25 weapons per American citizen.

This article appeared in The Patriot Brief and has been published here with permission.