What this indicates is that there may be hundreds of thousands of law-abiding prospective gun purchasers on the government’s radar because they were mistakenly denied by NICS.
U.S. Sen. Kelly Loeffler introduced legislation this week that would further protect the privacy of gun owners.
Called the Gun Owner Privacy Act (GOPA), the bill would bolster existing protections that ban the federal government from collecting information on gun owners during an FBI background check.
Under current law, the fed cannot create a database of gun owners who pass a NICS check. The GOPA goes further by explicitly blocking funds for the purpose of data collection while also giving any gun purchaser who feels as though they’ve been wrongly tracked by a government agency an avenue to sue in federal court for damages.