According to internal emails released in a new report from the Washington Examiner, the Secret Service and Immigration and Customs Enforcement has been surreptitiously colluding with the FBI to deprive U.S. citizens of their ability to own, use, or even purchase weapons in spite of the 2nd amendment providing them a constitutionally protected right to do so.
The FBI has reportedly revoked gun rights from at least 23 people using internal paperwork behind closed doors and without legislative permission.
In addition, the new report reveal that the Secret Service and ICE have also secretly utilized these similar forms to achieve the same ends.
The emails were collected and released with the assistance of the guns rights group Gun Owners of America as part of its Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the FBI.
The documents show a broader attempt by the federal government to employ the forms in question.
Forms which have reportedly been used in Michigan, and Massachusetts, as well as other unidentified locations, between 2016 and 2019.
Signatories to the forms were asked to certify that they were a “risk” to themselves or others and were registered with the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System, something that would have then prevented them from being able to legally procure firearms.
According to Second Amendment attorneys city in the report, the existence of the signed documents raises a number of legal problems.
Notably, the forms do not appear to go through the procedure needed by federal law for government agencies to gain clearance from the Office of Management and Budget before collecting information from the public.
The discovery that other agencies were involved with the NICS forms comes after a report revealed that the FBI revoked the gun rights of eight more persons between March 2018 and April 2019.
The existence of the forms caused a firestorm of controversy among congressional republicans when they were revealed to exist.
In October, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) and many other members pushed FBI Director Christopher Wray and Garland to give evidence that the forms were no longer used.
It remains to be seen whether a Republican led congress will make investigating the use of the forms by federal agencies a top priority when the new congressional session begins in January 2023.
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