Originally Posted by Big Don
Question. When I had my FFL in the 70's, we had to keep a "bound book" of all our sales. Nothing was ever sent to the U.S. Government until the FFl was given up. Then In the form of a sale the book could be given to another person with a FFl. Until the ultimate return of the FFl, the BATF never knew who bought what. Is this the same today?
As far as I know local records are still kept and it is illegal for the federal government to get their hands on the records unless there is a court issued warrant or subpeona, but those would be case-by-case protecting customers of a gun store if one customer uses a gun purchased at said store to commit a crime.
That's my understanding from it. If there was some binding legislation for those records to become property of the federal government it would definitely be a step in the wrong direction. This is possibly the reason they want to ban ftf sales and have it done through an FFL making the record obtainable. They have been toting this 40% number of all gun sales occur ftf or at gun shows through this mythical gun-show loophole where you can apparently buy a belt fed machine gun without any questions asked (which I don't know the accuracy of becasue how the hell would they know and be able to come up with that percentage?).
Don't quote me on this one though I am not an FFL this is just what I have picked up in numerous friends and co-workers who are FFLs.