ATF records issues
Documented errors in the NFRTR, and Congressional activity about it
The first six files in this directory are documents provided by the
U.S. Dept. of Justice to lawyers representing persons charged with
violating 18 USC sec. 922(o) or the NFA (26 USC sec. 5861). It is stuff
brought to light by the former head of NFA Branch, Tom Busey, stating
during an October 1995 training session that NFA Branch personnel
testify the Registry is accurate when they know it is not. The packet
includes a transcript of that session, a set of corrections prepared
by another NFA Branch official, and other documents pertaining to the
accuracy of the Registry.
The next two files contain memos and other documents related to the
accuracy of the NFA Registry, but not produced by the government as part
the fallout from Mr. Busey's remarks.
Then there are other documents on similar records issues with the ATF.
- The transcript of the training session, and a two page
- Report of internal investigation into Tom Busey, for
suggesting ATF employees commit perjury as to the Registry.
- Agenda of 11/94 meeting on improving NFA Registry,
and other ATF databases.
- 2/96 audit of accuracy of Registry.
- 4/91 memo from Wayne Miller concerning case
law on Registry inaccuracies.
- 1979-80 information following July 1979 Congressional
Hearings on ATF, including problems with the Registry.
- 1975 memos referenced in the material in
the Congressional Hearings.
- Memos from 1979, 1980 and 1981 concerning
the accuracy and status of the NFRTR.
1980 memo regarding FOIA release of registration info, regarding
Auto Ordnance Co.
- Eric Larson's testimony before Congress, which the below file is part of,
is now available from the GPO. The pertinent info is:
The title is TREASURY, POSTAL SERVICE, AND GENERAL GOVERNMENT
APPROPRIATIONS FOR FISCAL YEAR 1998, PART 5 TESTIMONY OF MEMBERS
OF CONGRESS AND OTHER INTERESTED INDIVIDUALS AND ORGANIZATIONS.
The ISBN is 0-16-054944-2, Stock Number 552-070-20810-1. The cost
is $20 from the U.S. Government Printing Office, Superintendent of
Documents, Congressional Sales Office, Washington, D.C. 20402;
their telephone for orders is (202) 512-1808.
- April 1997 study by Eric Larson on errors in
the NFA Registry
- This file is correspondence between
Eric Larson and ATF regarding ATF's refusal to agree to provide copies of NFA
paperwork to the lawful owner upon request, rather than claiming discretion to
provide such copies.
Various statements and letters about Eric Larson's investigation
Correspondence between Eric Larson and Senator Orrin Hatch on the topic
Larson letter to Carol Bergen 12/29/97 about example of ATF records problems
from defunct H&R factory
Letter from ATF to Larson re copies of NFA transfer forms
Appeal from denial of Larson's FOIA request for ATF report (about his
1/98 letter from Larson to Nereida Levine re firearms registration
(on the legal status of weapons which have old bad registrations and new legal
9/97 report on investigation into Larson's accusations ATF officials lied
about NFA weapons status and registry status
2/98 letter from Larson to ATF chief John Magaw, regarding the
9/97 Groh report.
- Testimony from a representative of the Collectors Arms Dealers Association
about the questionable NFA registration records (specifically AOW's made in or
before 1934 as "collector item firearms") that was (a small) part of
Congressional hearings is availible.
The cost is $19 from USGPO, Washington,
D.C. 20402; their telephone for retail sales is (202) 512-1800;
the title is TREASURY, POSTAL SERVICE, AND GENERAL GOVERNMENT
APPROPRIATIONS FOR FISCAL YEAR 1995, PART 5; the ISBN for the
publication is: 0-16-052677-9
Larson's 1/98 FOIA appeal letter US v. 18 various firearms
4/97 testimony before Congress by Eric Larson re. pre-34 AOW guns
2/98 letter from Noel Napolilli to ATF regarding seized machine gun (and
ATF records, situation was mentioned in Larson testimony)
3/98 Letter from ATF re registration status of Larson's Handy-guns
3/98 letter from Larson to ATF re Handy Guns
3/98 letter from John LeaSure's attorney re destruction of NFA registration
March 22, 1998 letter from Larson to Orin Hatch proposing that the NFRTR
be moved from the ATF to the Dept. of Justice.
Testimony of Larson's Proposed Removal of the National Firearms Registration
and Transfer Record from the Custody of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and
Firearms and its Proposed Relocation to the Department of Justice.
Submitted to the House Subcommittee on Treasury, Postal Service and General
Government Appropriations on April 3, 1998
Additional part of April 3, 1998 testimony by Larson
Denial to Larson of FOIA for the Thomas Busey (Cheif, National Firearms Act
1998 Congressional testimony of John Picchietti, president Collector Arms
1998 Congressional testimony of John LeaSure, reguarding his criminal case
with the ATF.
5/2/98 letter from Eric Larson to Sen. Roth
April 24, 1998 letter from Eric Larson to Department of Justice Inspector
May 29, 1998 letter from Eric Larson to Senator Mikulski, and response from
Chief, National Firearms Act Branch
June 17, 1998 letter from DOJ Inspector General to Eric Larson re NFA records
errors and omissions
June 5, 1998 letter from Mont Lamar Mendenhall to Senator Faircloth
Instructions for ordering some of the ATF records issue congressional
testimony by Larson and others
July 2, 1998 letter from DOJ Inspector General to Eric Larson re NFA records
Comment from Eric Larson reguarding the apparent disappearance of
"March 1995 project to clean-up (review and amend) the entire National
9/98 seven declarations by NFA dealers and owners as to errors in NFA Registry
8/98 Letter from ATF chief John Magaw to Senator Gramm about Larson's request for info
Comments From Eric Larson about and FOIA request letter for NFA registration
Eric Larson's FOIA to the ATF about their March 1995
project to clean-up (review and amend) the entire National Registry
Denial of Eric Larson's FOIA request for the NFRTR data entry manual
Eric Larson's appeal of denial of his FOIA request for the NFRTR data entry manual
1996 memos provided to the U.S. Attorneys reguarding the Busey remarks at roll call.
10/98 Inspector General Report on NFA Registry
Letter from Inspector General to Eric Larson and response from Eric Larson,
reguarding Report on NFA Registry
12/98 Inspector General Report on NFA Registry
Eric Larson response to 10/98 IG report on NFA Registry
Draft legislation to create a Civilian Commission on Historical Firearms
1999 Eric Larson testimony before Congress regarrding ATF record keeping
May 18, 1999 FOIA response to Eric Larson from ATF stateing that it can't
produce reliable NFRTR data
1999 NFRTR accuracy and amnesty testimony ordering instructions
July 1999 letter from Eric Larson to Magaw (Directory ATF) about NFRTR
amnesty period and generally
August 1999 Letter exchange between Eric Larson and Magaw about NFRTR and
ATF's responses to various other gov't entities about Larson's complaints
July/August/October 1999 series of letters between Eric Larson and ATF's
Chisholm reguarding FOIA for NFRTR manual
October 1999 Letter from Eric Larson appealing apparent redaction in ATF FOIA
response about NFRTR manual
Various 1997 letters between Congressman Dan Burton and Inspector Generals
office and ATF, as provided in response to FOIA request from Eric Larson
November 1999 letter from Eric Larson to ATF Director Magaw reguarding
issues about apparent redaction in FOIA about NFRTR manual, and claim that
ATF has never created certain portions of NFRTR manual
1993 ATF Memo on US v 18 firearms case
November 1999 letter from ATF Director Magaw to Eric Larson reguarding
accuracy of NFRTR and lack of need for amnesty period
Novemeber 1999 letter from ATF Firearms Technology Branch Chief Owen to
Eric Larson about new policy about removing unregistered firearms from the
purview of the NFA
December 1999 letter from Eric Larson to ATF Director Magaw reguarding
Magaw's assertions in November 1999 letter that there were no problems
Document about disadvantages of a new NFA amnesty submited by ATF to
House Subcommittee on Treasury, Postal Service and General Government
Appropriations during a November 19, 1999 meeting.
Set of correspondances between Eric Larson and ATF Assistant director Wooten,
reguarding November 1999 letter from Magaw.
Also see Magaw letter.
January 2000 letter from Eric Larson to Congressman Kolbe and Burton about
ATF's document on disadvantages of a new NFA amnesty
January 2000 letter from ATF to Eric Larson in response to
response to Larson's December 4, 1999 letter
ATF memo about dead people who are the registered owners of NFA weapons
January 2000 letter from Eric Larson to Congressman Kolbe about
ATF's plan about "fixing" some of the NFA records issues
Letter from Eric Larson to Ed Owen at ATF about what is required to
remove an H&R Handy gun from the purview of the NFA
January 2000 ATF's denial of Eric Larson's appeal of their FOIA denial of the
existance of certain NFRTR manuals.
April 2000 letter from Eric Larson to Congressman Armey reguarding
NFRTR and IG's report about it.
April 2000 appeal of part of ATF's NFRTR manual FOIA denial.
April 2000 letter from Eric Larson to Congressman Bryant of the Subcommittee
April/May 2000 letter exchange between Eric Larson and IG Rush
reguarding follow up audit on NFRTR
Sections of 1998 IG working papers of their audit of the ATF's NFRTR,
as provided in response to Eric Larson's FOIA request, reguarding
what consitutes a critical error.
More sections of 1998 IG working papers of their audit of the ATF's NFRTR,
as provided in response to Eric Larson's FOIA request, this one
reguarding error rates in the NFRTR.
IRS Manual Supplement dated April 10, 1969, produced to Eric
Larson by BATF first in 1998, then completely unredacted in 2000,
in response to a FOIA demand for documents relating to the 1968