A recent proposed rule by the ATF would keep records of gun buyers older than the current 20-year limit. According to Fox News:

“The recently-proposed rule essentially removes the 20-year burn date that the federal firearms licensees must abide by, requiring them to preserve firearm purchase records older than two decades. While the preservation of records may not seem like a big deal, the federal licensees are required to submit their records to the ATF upon closing up shop – meaning every American gun owner’s record would eventually end up in the ATF’s hands.”

During the 2020 presidential campaign, Biden’s “plan to end gun violence” from the campaign website states his desire to register firearms, leading up to a forced “buyback, which gun owners know means forced confiscation of lawfully owned firearms:

  • Regulate possession of existing assault weapons under the National Firearms Act. Currently, the National Firearms Act requires individuals possessing machine-guns, silencers, and short-barreled rifles to undergo a background check and register those weapons with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). Due to these requirements, such weapons are rarely used in crimes. As president, Biden will pursue legislation to regulate possession of existing assault weapons under the National Firearms Act. 
  • Buy back the assault weapons and high-capacity magazines already in our communities. Biden will also institute a program to buy back weapons of war currently on our streets. This will give individuals who now possess assault weapons or high-capacity magazines two options: sell the weapons to the government, or register them under the National Firearms Act.

Record high gun sales combined with minimal public appetite for more gun control means the Biden administration will have a difficult time enacting plans for a national registration through legislation. This has gun owners paying careful attention to any possible backdoor registration scheme concocted by the ATF.

AAN will report on any new developments as this story unfolds.