Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) introduced a bill that would effectively create a firearms registry by forcing private sellers at gun shows to report sales to the Attorney General and by requiring gun show organizers to register with the Justice Dept.
The bill, H.R. 2380, would also force gun show organizers to provide the identities of all their vendors to the Attorney General.
“The legislation would call on the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to hire investigators to inspect gun shows and examine records kept by gun show operators and vendors,” The Hill reported.
For the past several years the Justice Dept. has been pressuring banks to refuse service to gun stores, so if gun show organizers and private sellers are forced to provide information to the Attorney General, expect to see more gun owners and dealers blacklisted by banks.
“Federal law enforcers are targeting merchant categories like payday lenders, ammunition and tobacco sales, and telemarketers – but not merely by pursuing those merchants directly,” Jason Oxman, the CEO of the Electronic Transactions Association, wrote on the subject. “Rather, Operation Choke Point is flooding payments companies that provide processing service to those industries with subpoenas, civil investigative demands, and other burdensome and costly legal demands.”
And considering that gun registration leads to confiscations, it’s not hard to see the implications of a firearms database ran by the Justice Dept.
For example, the New York Police Department started sending out notices to registered gun owners in 2013 demanding that they give up their firearms not long after requiring them to register with the city.
The NYPD knew exactly who to send the notices to by using the centralized firearms registry which lists the city’s gun owners and what firearms they have in their possession.
With the registry, the police merely needed to compile a list of firearm makes and models banned under the N.Y. SAFE Act and send the notices to the appropriate owners.