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.”

Teresa Mull ([email protected]) is editor of Gunpowder Magazine.