For the sake of an orderly discussion, I will explain how the Brady Bill firearms sales record system is supposed to work.
Firearms are tracked from the manufacturer or importer through distributors and finally to the retail dealer. The dealer is required to keep records of these sales for 20 years.
In the event a firearm is used in a crime and is recovered by the police, they can find out from BATFE which dealer sold the firearm, and with a court order, examine that dealer’s records of that sale to determine who bought the firearm. That’s it. They can’t even look at any records other the one for that particular firearm. The BATFE is allowed to check dealer records for proper procedure, but is not allowed to copy or make any record.
When a dealer goes out of business, he must surrender his records to the BATFE for storage and for police access under the same rules as if the records were still in the possession of the dealer.
The Brady Bill explicitly prohibits using such records, or copying records held by dealers, to assemble a database that connects forearms purchasers to a firearm unless it is involved in a criminal investigation.
The problem is that the BATFE has digitized these records, and illegal copies obtained in the course of inspections, into a searchable database of almost a billion forearms sales.
There is no grey area, this is flat out illegal, but they’re doing it anyway, and of course, the Biden DOJ is not prosecuting. Republicans in Congress want an investigation, and after the coming elections will certainly get one.
I look forward to seeing the BATFE bureaucrats frog marched off to prison.
Regardless of how you feel about gun control, blatant disregard for the law by the government is more dangerous than any crime a citizen could commit.