Monday, March 13, 2023

FBI Worked Secretly with Hospitals to Strip US Citizens' Gun Rights, Documents Show; FBI Gun Seizure Orders from People Who Fail Background Checks Hit Historic Rates; Federal Gun Grab: ATF Seizes Record Numbers in 2020-2021 After Historic Surge in Purchases

FBI worked secretly with hospitals to strip US citizens' gun rights, documents show:
The FBI coordinated secretly with hospitals and medical centers to strip U.S. citizens of their rights to own, buy, or even use firearms , according to a trove of internal documents obtained by the Washington Examiner.
Behind closed doors and without congressional approval, the FBI has worked hand in hand with the Secret Service and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to strip over two dozen people of their gun rights with internal forms, records show. On the heels of this revelation by the Washington Examiner in December 2022, newly obtained documents and emails shed light on how the bureau apparently received a helping hand from medical facilities to waive gun rights from at least five people.
"Any time you have evidence of private entities coordinating with federal agents to strip Americans of their rights, the public should be alarmed and demanding answers and action," said Aidan Johnston, federal affairs director for Gun Owners of America, a firearms rights group. "This is just the latest terrifying new instance of the illegal NICS self-submission form being used in nefarious ways, and those who used it to violate the public's trust must be held to account."
Between 2016 and 2019, the FBI presented forms to U.S. citizens at their homes and in other undisclosed locations that registered them with the bureau's National Instant Criminal Background Check System, the Washington Examiner previously reported . Newly obtained records, however, date the FBI's usage of the form back to 2011.
Signatories of the internal forms were asked to voluntarily identify as a "danger" to themselves or others, as well as lacking the "mental capacity adequately to contract" their lives. The very existence of the FBI's forms has raised significant concerns among First Amendment lawyers and members of Congress, including Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), House Judiciary Chairman Jim Jordan (R-OH), and Reps. Dan Bishop (R-NC) and Andrew Clyde (R-GA). ---READ MORE HERE
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FBI gun seizure orders from people who fail background checks hit historic rates:
The FBI has been issuing more seizure orders for guns sold to suspected prohibited buyers than at any time in the history of the federal firearm background check system, according to the most recent data compiled by the bureau.
More than 6,300 such referrals were transmitted to the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives in 2020 to take back weapons from buyers when background checks later determined they may have been ineligible because of criminal records, mental health histories, disqualifying military service records and other bans.
An additional 5,200 directives were issued in 2021, adding to the largest two-year total by far since the National Instant Criminal Background Check System began publishing data in 1998.
The numbers follow years of surging firearm sales. Yet they also underscore a longstanding tension in the system: Federally licensed dealers are permitted to proceed with weapons sales in cases when background checks are not completed within the required three business days.
Seizure orders are issued when analysts later conclude that buyers likely should have been barred. --->READ MORE HERE
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