(NRCC News) – Over the course of the last year, we’ve been shocked to discover just how twisted and corrupt the Federal Bureau of Investigation has become, no longer functioning as an objective arm of federal law enforcement, but now acting as a weapon in the hands of liberals who are doing anything and everything in their power to silence and intimidate their opposition.
A good case in point is a story from the Washington Examiner that has revealed the FBI secretly stripped eight more Americans of their Second Amendment rights to own, use, and purchase firearms, according to internal documentation from the agency obtained by the news outlet.
Georgia Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene, back in October, along with a dozen other Republican members of Congress, demanded that the FBI and the Justice Department surrender proof that the bureau is not waiving an individual’s gun rights with internal forms, which the Daily Caller discovered in September had already been signed by 15 people. But now, the Washington Examiner has gotten their hands on eight heavily redacted signed forms, which indicates a much more widespread effort by the FBI to target the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens.
“Americans can’t simply sign their constitutional rights away, even to the FBI,” Rep. Michael Cloud (R-TX), who signed the October letter, went on to tell the Washington Examiner. “As Republicans enter a House majority, we must use our investigative power to put a check on federal agencies who have proven to be eager and willing to crack down on Americans’ right to keep and bear arms.”
The letter reads: "Due to the recent Freedom of Information Act requests submitted by @GunOwners… Congress has been made aware of the @FBI's illegal usage of a form entitled the 'NICS Indices Self-Submission Form.'" pic.twitter.com/4rLUboy1rL
— Aidan Johnston (@RealGunLobbyist) October 24, 2022
“Through the forms, the FBI asked signatories to identify as a “danger” to themselves or others or lacking the ‘mental capacity adequately to contract or manage’ their lives. The forms were presented by the FBI to people at their homes and in other undisclosed locations beginning in at least 2016 and until December 2019, when the FBI claims it was discontinued,” the piece from the Washington Examiner, written by Gabe Kaminsky, noted.
Kaminsky then said, “While two of the new eight forms have redacted dates for when they were signed, the other six are dated between March 2018 and April 2019. The signed forms were obtained by Gun Owners of America, a firearms rights group, as part of its Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the bureau to compel the disclosure of records. They were then shared with the Washington Examiner.”
.@RepThomasMassie highlights a critical point: FBI already invented a NICS self-submission form (without Congress) and pressured Americans to sign away their rights. H.R. 8361 is RIPE for abuse and we know how the story ends! pic.twitter.com/am64ALM16R
— Gun Owners of America (@GunOwners) December 7, 2022
Attorneys who specialize in the Second Amendment, along with GOA, asserted that the existence of these forms, which serves to register signatories with the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System, leaves a number of legal questions without answers.
One of the questions that lacks a solid answer is whether or not the form is actually legal to begin with, especially given the fact that it did not go through the process that is mandated by federal law for government agencies to get approval from the Office of Management and Budget before obtaining information from the general public.
Kaminsky then wrote, “It also remains unclear how the FBI’s usage of the NICS forms aligns with the Gun Control Act of 1968, which outlines how someone may be barred from owning guns if he or she is ‘adjudicated as a mental defective or has been committed to a mental institution.’ But it is unclear where the eight new forms were signed.”
“It is also unclear what sort of background the people who signed the eight forms had. The forms reported on prior included records showing that signatories were those who allegedly made violent threats in person, in online chat rooms, and on social media,” he continued.
“While the initial reports were alarming enough, as GOA dug deeper, things just kept getting worse,” Erich Pratt, senior vice president of GOA, remarked during an interview with the Washington Examiner. “We thank Ms. Greene and all the members who joined her in demanding answers for this damning breach of the public trust, and we look forward to assisting in any possible way as investigations into this matter develop in Congress.”
The fact that more of these forms exist might serve as motivation for House Republicans, who will be taking control of the chamber in January, to look into the FBI’s usage of them. Rep. Jim Jordan, a Republican from Ohio who is set to be the next chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, stated back in September that he was already planning oversight connected with the forms and other alleged issues coming out of Biden’s FBI.
“This is part of the political nature of the Justice Department,” Jordan commented at the time. “Next Congress, we are definitely looking into the whole political nature.”
“Rep. Andrew Clyde (R-GA) sponsored a resolution in November that would demand that Attorney General Merrick Garland provide records on the FBI forms. However, Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee rejected that measure on Wednesday, the Washington Examiner reported,” Kaminsky reported. “The vote occurred during a hearing in which committee members debated a bill sponsored by Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) called the Preventing Suicide Through Voluntary Firearm Purchase Delay Act.”
The bill being proposed by Jayapal, which is being co-sponsored by Reps. Ken Buck, John Curtis, and Raja Krishnamoorthi, would then allow individuals to put themselves on the NICS database, effectively letting them forfeit their rights to own, use, and buy guns.
“The bill demonstrates the glaring problem with the FBI previously obtaining signatures on its forms since lawmakers are essentially recognizing there needs to be congressional approval to engage in what the FBI already did, according to Aidan Johnston, director of federal affairs at GOA,” Kaminsky said.
“The FBI just made something up and began implementing it,” Johnston explained. “It has deprived these people of their rights by some made-up unconstitutional process.”
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