By: Teresa Mull
As it prepares to discontinue gun sales at 500 of its stores, Walmart is reportedly turning over firearms sales records to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF), Ammo Land News reports.
Instead of transferring Federal Firearms License (FFL) documents to one of its stores still selling guns, Ammo Land reports:
“Internal ATF communications appear to show the massive retailer’s internal ‘compliance manager’ is working with the ATF to transfer their records to the federal agency.”
“This just goes to show that the background check system is nothing but a thinly veiled national gun registry,” Ryan Flugaur, Vice-President of the National Association for Gun Rights, told GPM. “This is something gun owners have known since the Brady Bill and NICS [National Instant Criminal Background Check System] insta-check system were implemented in the 90s.
“By design,” Flugaur continued, “records containing detailed personal information about gun buyers and what guns they bought never go away, and all form 4473s gun purchase records will end up in possession by the government eventually. The fact that Walmart would voluntarily expedite that process is a slap in the face to their customers and the Second Amendment rights of all Americans.”
GPM has, for years, been sounding the alarm on NICS being nothing more than a firearm registration system. And registration, of course, leads naturally to confiscation. From the archives:
Background checks are nothing more than a firearms registration system, which has historically been a precursor to full-fledged firearms confiscation. Many point to Nazi Germany as one of the best examples of what comes of gun registration. Most people probably do not know that it was not the Nazis nor Hitler who initiated gun registration. It actually was the preexisting Weimar government’s initiative put into law because of their fears of the Communists and Nazis. The Weimar government implemented laws that the Nazis would later use to oppress the German people, namely, German Jews.
Although Hitler rapidly expanded upon what the Weimar government had instituted, this historical event reminds us that well-intentional laws passed by good people can be used by the next round of political operatives to devastating effect. This is why it is so important to stop any hint of universal background checks: such a measure could open the door to a disastrous future.
Teresa Mull (email@example.com) is editor of Gunpowder Magazine.