ATF Uses Financial Information for Warrantless Tracking on Gun Buyers

Documents reveal the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) has been tracking potential gun buyers by monitoring their income. Americans entered into the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) are under investigation for straw purchasing or dealing firearms without a license.

According to senior vice president of Gun Owners of America (GOA) Erich Pratt, “Congress needs to rein in this rogue agency by either exercising oversight over it or abolishing the unconstitutional agency altogether.” Pratt added, “The poor usually live in areas with the most crime and thus have a strong need to arm themselves heavily. So targeting the indigent is simply another avenue for gun grabbers to implement a backdoor gun ban.”

From The Epoch Times:

In the secret documents, an ATF agent asked the FBI to flag a man in Arizona suspected of dealing parts of guns. “In my experience, it is common for people to purchase large number of AR-15 style lower receivers, build them into rifles, and sell the rifles for profit,” the agent wrote to get the suspect put into NICS.

A “lower receiver” is the base part of an AR-style rifle which has a serial number on it. It cannot fire without a barrel, trigger, and other parts put on it.

“It is common for people to buy several lower receivers and build them into finished guns. If it’s your hobby, that is not sufficient to prove you are illegally dealing firearms,” said attorney [Robert Olson, who filed the FOIA lawsuit for the GOA]. “How does the agent distinguish between the Second Amendment enthusiast and the criminals?”