I just received this information from the Anchorage 2nd Amendment Task Force:
Bureau Of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms & Explosives Update
Great Northern Guns in Anchorage, Alaska was asked to give up their “Bound Book” to a BATFE Agent so it could be copied. The Bound Book is a complete record of all firearms transactions by the FFL holder. They are not required by law to do so and they refused. In fact this would be a violation of FOPA. (Firearms Owners Protection Act of 1986)
Our concern is that the administration may be trying some type of defacto registration scheme. We have been unable to ascertain who authorized this action and why. The Agent when asked said the orders came from “on high”. We suspect the Seattle office directed this action. We are inquiring from FFL holders in other states to see if this is a national in scope.
We have been told there were other dealers asked to give up the “Bound Book” in Alaska but have been unable to verify any others yet. Generally in Alaska BATFE has a good relationship with the gun community. A call to the local BATFE office did not yield any information. The individual that we spoke with didn’t divulge much except he stated the “Bound Book” is the property of the BATFE and they can pick it up anytime they choose. Read the provisions of FOPA below to learn what the restrictions are. FOPA is contradictory but there are distinct limitations on what government agents can access when and how.
There is a very good paper on FOPA here: