(PresidentialInsider.com)- According to a wealth of internal documents and contacts from the Daily Caller News Foundation, the FBI secretly coerced Americans into signing documents that waived their rights to own, buy, or even use weapons.
According to FBI records obtained under the Freedom of Information Act by the gun rights organization Gun Owners of America (GOA) and shared with the DCNF, the forms were distributed by the FBI to people at their homes and other secret locations. The confidential documents, which seek signatories to certify that they are either a “risk” to themselves or others or lack “mental competence adequately to contract or control” their life, were filled out by at least 15 people between 2016 and 2019.
GOA and Second Amendment law experts informed the DCNF that the availability of the forms raises critical legal issues.
Robert Olson, GOA’s outside lawyer, specializing in weapons law, stated that this is a pre-crime, Minority Report type of world where the FBI believes it can take constitutional rights away from anyone it thinks potentially might pose a problem in the future. This is not what you would anticipate happening in the United States.
The firm claims that signatories would be legally prohibited from being able to “buy, acquire, and use any firearm” if they were not permanently registered with the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). Some forms contain comments from the FBI outlining ongoing investigations, though it is unclear exactly what standards the agency used to select signatories.
According to FBI records, numerous signatories are accused of making violent threats in person, on social media, and in internet chat rooms. The FBI deleted the names of the Americans who signed the 15 signed forms, but they were presented to them by agents in Massachusetts, Michigan, and Maine, according to the DCNF.
According to the bureau, the FBI’s NICS Indices Self-Submission form was developed to give people a way to self-report to the NICS Section when they felt they posed a threat to others or to themselves. An FBI employee told a coworker that at least ten people had signed the self-submission form. Specialists informed the DCNF that all official federal paperwork must be given a “control number.” According to lawyers, the lack of a control number highlights the FBI’s egregious lack of openness. Lawyers believe those who signed the FBI paperwork may be eligible for compensation if they are ever charged with attempting to purchase a firearm by the government.
The FBI refused to cite any legal authority for the documents, and an inquiry to OMB for comment was not answered. Former Virginia AG Ken Cuccinelli questioned whether Americans could sign away their rights under the Constitution.