Rice Introduces Legislation to Protect Gun Owners’ Privacy

Bill Restores Privacy for Gunowners by Reversing Federal Firearms Registry

WASHINGTON, D.C. – This week Congressman Tom Rice (R-SC) sponsored the No Retaining Every Gun In a System That Restricts Your (REGISTRY) Rights Act with Rep. Michael Cloud (R-TX) and over 40 Republicans. This bill will direct the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) to delete all existing firearm transaction records in their systems, ensuring the federal government does not build a federal firearms registry. 

“There is no reason for law-abiding American gun owners to be subjected to this kind of overreach by the federal government,” said Congressman Rice. “This bill would restore privacy for American gun owners and reverse the groundwork laid in the creation of a federal firearms registry.”

Under current law and regulations, Federal Firearm Licensees (FFLs) are authorized to destroy their firearm transaction records after 20 years. Once FFLs go out of business, they would then transfer these records to the ATF. Though there is a statutory prohibition on a federal firearms registry, the ATF recently revealed that it had nearly 1 billion firearm transaction records on file. 

The No REGISTRY Rights Act would limit the ability of the ATF to use these records to create a federal firearms registry by requiring the ATF to destroy all firearm transaction records they have on file. Moreover, FFLs would be required to destroy all firearm transaction records once they go out of business.