Wednesday, April 13, 2005

4473 form

In the comments about the firearm list I want to get I called the local gun dealer and he informed me that the 4473 form never leaves the store. I'm asking if, when you purchase a firearm, does the model information gets sent to Washington, the FBI, or the ATFE in any form?

The GAO office that did the "Gun control and terrorism" report is FOIA proof.
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) is not subject to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) (5 USC 552). However, GAO's disclosure policy follows the spirit of the act consistent with GAO's duties and functions as an agency with primary responsibility to the Congress.
So requests to them are not going to be fruitful. The ATFE told me that since the 4473 form is a personnal form it is protected under privacy rulings.

So I really want to see what these "bad people" purchased. I plan to send off a request to the GAO anyway, fingers crossed, and hope for a good reply. Since I only want a copy of section 22 on the forms they may let it slide. Since they had to have researched the report I hope their research turned up the weapons purchased.

Now here is the thing. They charge.
(a) No fee or charge will be made for:
(1) Records provided under this part when the direct costs involve
less than one hour of search time and 50 pages of photocopying.
(2) Staff-hours spent in resolving any legal or policy questions
pertaining to the request.
(3) Copies of records, including those certified as true copies,
furnished for official use to a federal government officer or employee.
(4) Copies of pertinent records furnished to a party having a
direct and immediate interest in a matter pending before GAO, when
necessary or desirable to the performance of a GAO function.
(b) The fees and charges described below will be assessed for the
direct costs of search, review, and reproduction of records available
to the public under this part.
(1) The cost for reproduction per page shall be 20 cents.
(2) The cost for a certification of authenticity shall be $10 for
each certificate.
(3) Manual search and review for records by office personnel will
be assessed at $12, $25, or $45 per hour, depending on the rate of pay
of the individual actually conducting the search or review, and the
complexity of the search.
So I may be begging for some donations in the future people.

If a guy is suspected of speeding you do not freek out if he buys a yugo. So for me, the firearms they purchased may show this is a whole lot of political bull.

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