GOA Just Leaked ATF’s Zero Tolerance Manual

Gun Owners of America (GOA) believes it has uncovered a “massive” change in the way the ATF is treating FFLs.

GOA released documents last week that indicate the ATF, per President Biden’s mandate, is treating FFLs with a “zero tolerance” punitive framework for violations. It appears the goal is to shut down as many gun shops as possible, even for the smallest infractions.

Fox News Digital also reported on the story:

The guidance says the agency “has zero tolerance for willful violations that greatly affect public safety and ATF’s ability to trace firearms recovered in violent crimes” and that “revocation” of the FFL’s license “is the assumed action” with violations.

Per the internal docs, “revolution is the assumed action unless extraordinary circumstances exist, when violations are cited that include”

  • Transferring a firearm “to a prohibited person knowing or having reasonable cause to believe the transferee is a prohibited person”
  • Not running a background check on the prospective buyer
  • “Making a false or fictitious written statement in the FFL’s required records or in applying for a firearms license”

SEE ALSO: SAF Reports a 500% Increase in FFL Revocations

“Joe Biden has weaponized the ATF against gun owners and the firearms industry in an attempt to violate the Second Amendment and expand his illegal gun registry,” observed Aiden Johnston, GOA’s director of federal affairs, in an interview with Fox News Digital.

“Rather than targeting those who display clear negligence and disregard for the law, ATF now revokes licenses without warning at the discovery of a first mistake by honest gun dealers,” Johnston said.

Johnston also warned of the growing gun registry ATF is amassing after the forced closure of FFLs.

“When Federal Firearms Licensees are forced out of business, ATF adds their records to its digital gun registry that has nearly a billion gun and gun owner records,” he explained. “GOA is already working with Second Amendment champions like Rep. Michael Cloud on Capitol Hill to address this alarming issue and eliminate this unconstitutional gun registry.”

Rep. Cloud introduced legislation last year to block ATF’s backdoor gun registry.

The gun industry needs to closely monitor this situation. Putting well-meaning gun stores out of business for paperwork errors or other simple mistakes is nothing more than a way to chill the 2A rights of law-abiding citizens. The ATF needs to be held in check. It’s gotta call off its dogs.

As always, stay tuned for updates.

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  • Kbc February 22, 2023, 10:40 pm


  • Kbc February 22, 2023, 10:30 pm

    Are the BATFE “FE” rules and regulations being “mandated” for rights and freedoms under the constitution being applied “EQUALLY AND UNILATERALLY” to the “BATFE” “AT” NON-CONSTITUTION PROTECTED rules and regulations for manufacturing, delivery, process, sales and distribution of alcohol and cannabis, such as the Pelosi Winery or your margharita with burrito at dinner? Impeach Obiden, Klamata and Peloser..

  • John Evans February 20, 2023, 1:19 pm

    Jack-booted thugs, who are the REAL CRIMINALS? Our country is a laughing stock to the world, now I really don’t care about what the world thinks but I do care about my country and this bullshit has got to come to a crashing stop! They should go and police and prosecute the crime ridden neighborhoods in the guncontrol major cities. Leave common sense, freedom loving Americans alone. Turn about is fair play, let’s go get them!

  • Steve Roach February 20, 2023, 11:43 am

    Virtually every rational argument that can be made has been made on both sides of this issue. Yet, the aggressive, insidious, irrational arguments and actions of gun banners persists. Since they will not listen to reason, a showdown is indicated and necessary. Nothing will stop this abuse of the inalienable right to bear arms short of a repeal of the 1934 NFA, the unconstitutional legislation that started it all. If you are not pressuring your elected officials to ‘Repeal the NFA,’ you are wasting your time.

  • David Samples February 20, 2023, 9:50 am

    I understand the anger and agree with the premis that the ATF needs to be reined in or disolved but name calling and vulgar language enforces the anti-gun belief that we are knucle draggers. It just paints a big target on your back because there is no anonymity on the internet. Uncle can find anyone who posts. b eware

    • Brian Miller February 20, 2023, 1:45 pm

      Posted under my true name: the ATF is a bunch of knuckle-dragging tyrants who deserve to be throw out with the agency disbanded.

  • Ron February 20, 2023, 8:39 am

    I wonder if brilliant President biden will also instruct ATF to have zero tolerance for those who lie on a background check for purchasing a handgun. This would put his criminal son hunter, behind bars for a few years.

  • Richard Cranium February 17, 2023, 4:24 pm

    ATF better stock up on body bags. Many of us WILL NOT COMPLY and furthermore, there are some who have had enough. The jack booted thugs have overstepped their authority to collect taxes.

    When the ATF thugs begin their unconstitutional persecution, we will shoot back and we ARE WILLING TO DIE ON OUR FEET rather than submit to illegal tyranny.

    Buck Fiden, Garland & ATF. We are ready and waiting to help thugs meet their maker.

    • Rouge1 February 20, 2023, 9:50 am

      Couldn’t happen to a more deserving lot of traitors to the Constitution and the Republic. The things scumbags do for money.

  • jerry February 17, 2023, 2:41 pm

    The Federal Government is prohibited by law from creating a database (defacto gun registry) from FFLs’ current or retired records, yet it appears that they continue to do so. It works both ways. They, too, are required to obey the laws. I, like you, would that everyone endeavor to respect and obey our laws. Stay safe.

  • survivor50 February 16, 2023, 9:27 am

    Did the ATF have ” ZERO TOLERANCE ” for FAST and FURIOUS … or did they RUN that program for OBOZO ???
    ( Yeah … we all know … )

  • Blue Dog (he/him) February 15, 2023, 3:29 pm

    Enforcing. Laws. Already. On. The. Books.

    You guys keep saying that part of the solution is enforcing the laws already on the books. Well, that is what is happening here and you guys are crying foul! Here is the ATF trying to crack down on bad faith FFL holders, guys like that one gun shop in Indiana who is pumping guns into the streets of Chicago, contributing great danger to what are already some of the most dangerous streets in America. An interstate solution to an interstate problem! We are seeing more mass shootings than days, year in and year out – too many innocent patriots whose blood is sacrificed upon the tree of your liberty. Too many children sacrificed to the idol of assault rifles, passing through the fire to the Molech of hi cap mags. When is enough?

    • Thoughtful February 17, 2023, 6:52 am

      ^^^Classic Alinsky^^^

    • Hondo February 17, 2023, 8:09 am

      More anti-gun drivel from bluedouche it/clown go away you groomer.

    • HK416 February 17, 2023, 8:23 am

      How old are you, you troll ass bitch? Clearly a moron CHILD! YOU don’t like OUR forum then GET FUCKED AND LEAVE, YOU LOSER ASS SHIM! ANY MORON that uses FAKE NAMES like SHIM/YOU did here PROVES YOUR NUTS! I’m an HK416 so YOU DUMB SHIT CALL ME AS SUCH and YOU BETTER KNOW BEFORE I tell you that this is the name I go by… sound CRAZY… YEAH, US NORMAL people agree TOO!!!!! I PRAY YOU GET HIT BY A BUS REALLLL SOON!!!!

      • Jerry February 17, 2023, 10:44 am

        Hey blue balls. How about you tell all us stupid gun owners EXACTLY what an “assault rifle” is?

        • Blue Dog (he/him) February 17, 2023, 2:07 pm

          I’ll defer to the Dictionary (dot com) on this one – an assault rifle is a nonmilitary weapon modeled on the military assault rifle, usually modified to allow only semiautomatic fire. This is the second definition, which refers back to the first definition listed in that entry – a military rifle capable of both automatic and semiautomatic fire, utilizing an intermediate-power cartridge. I don’t know that the 5.56 NATO is all that intermediate of a cartridge, Jeff Cooper affectionately called it a “poodle shooter”. If you haven’t been around guns long, you should look up Jeff Cooper. He offered some wonderful insights.

          Is blue balls the best you’ve got? I mean, Blue Dong is right there. Come on, Jerry. I am not demanding your A-game here but meet me halfway, bud.

      • Blue Dog (he/him) February 17, 2023, 11:12 am

        Much of your feedback confuses me, HK416. Your tone seems considerably more aggressive than is called for here. While it is true that Blue Dog is not my given name, it is a username that I have used consistently on this very blog (which I do like) for almost 10 years now. Blue Dog is no more a fake name than any other username that users post here.

        I am in my early 40s, to answer the age question.

        • Shanz February 18, 2023, 4:06 pm

          We are sick of cowards and punks like you actively trying to take our liberty because you have some twisted idea of morality. Hopefully, sooner than later, we can finally put traitors like you where you belong. In the ground or in prison for treason. You can think whatever you want.

    • E February 17, 2023, 12:26 pm

      I’ll bite! You sight one bad ffl apple. You need to review real mass shooting numbers that factor accurate population ratios historically and world wide. You display a lack of experience with “low” cap vs “hi” cap mags. Reloading does not take that much time or effort for a skilled user, except when someone is shooting back. An Active shooter in a gun free zone has the time to reload vs a home owner trying to fight off three intruders attacking his/hers family. Blue dog the only thing you enjoy about this blog is trolling. However it’s America so your ignorance is always welcome!

    • Kenny February 17, 2023, 12:45 pm

      I guess your pro abortion too. millions upon millions of people have been aborted / sacrificed to your moloch, so blow it out you ass troll

    • Punisher Six (Your Royal Highness/Your Majesty) February 17, 2023, 1:00 pm

      Yawn … The blue dog turd got shit here again.
      Can someone please clean up this stinky pile and remove it some a more appropriate (i,e, Marxist) forum where it will be more readily received?

    • The Ghostman February 21, 2023, 12:46 pm

      Blue Dog, the definition you gave does not go for an assault rifle. Assault rifles have SELECTIVE FIRE. That means they can fire semi-auto or full auto by use of a selector switch. What you describe in your answer is a modern sport rifle, aka “those scary guns”.
      They are not, and never will be what the anti-gunners are trying to make them with the oft repeated lie of “assault weapons”.

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