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Posted: 5/10/2004 6:09:52 AM EST
Link Posted: 5/10/2004 6:16:15 AM EST
And your opinion on the matter is what?
Link Posted: 5/10/2004 7:25:22 PM EST
I fully exspected #4473's and log books to be audited and cross referenced to assist in firearm traceability when the FFL holder goes out of business and sends his records to the BATF. They did'nt buget enough money for full compliance, in my humble opinion.
Link Posted: 5/10/2004 7:46:52 PM EST
This relates only to records for dealers who have gone out of business and had 4473's still on file. 4473's are scanned to microfiche by the ATF according to the article.

Microfiche isn't anything close to a database. All it is is a copy of a record they already have. It's not computerized information. What it lets them do is store copies of the records in a much smaller area than having to use a giant warehouse everytime they need to do a serial # trace.

If you read through all the article, there are only 5 pieces of information relating to the fiche records that are in a database. The first 3 relate solely to the fiche itself (which fiche, where it is on the fiche, etc). The other two records are the dealer's FFL ID and the serial # of the firearm.

So with this all they can do is say "who original purchased a bushmaster serial # 2394823949". Which they can also do with any other gun made, just by finding out from the manufacturer where the gun was sent to, and then contacting the FFL to see who originally purchased the firearm.

What they can't do with the information in the database is say "How many guns does bob johnson from pie hollow, MO have?". They also can't find out everyone who owns a glock 19, unless they first get a record of all glock 19 serial numbers and pull fiche records for all serial numbers in that range, which again could be done with or without the records on microfiche or in their possession.

Which means it's not really a gun registration database. The only type of 'database' it is would be a microfiche database.
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