(Daily360.com) – A recent Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request by the Gun Owners of America (GOA) found the FBI was covertly coordinating with hospitals to take away patients’ rights to own, poses, or buy firearms. This discovery follows a recently revealed form the FBI has drawn up called the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) Indices Self-Submission Form. Once this form is signed by a citizen, that person agrees to ‘voluntarily’ surrender their Second Amendment Rights for which there is no possible way to ever regain them.
Robert Olsen of GOA, described this action by the government as almost science fiction, he referenced the film Minority Report and said “we’re into a pre-crime” realm where the FBI believes it has the ability to deny rights based on what may happen. At least 15 people who received FBI visits to their homes or other locations between 2016 and 2019 signed the form. By doing so they were declaring themselves as either a “danger” or lacking the “mental capacity” to manage their lives and affairs.
A process like this raises many legal questions; one example is having a person be entered into the NICS system while not having actually committed any crime. Also unclear is by what criteria the FBI would determine to target someone for a visit with this form. Some people who signed the form admitted to making threats in online chat rooms. An added wrinkle to this is recent evidence of hospitals working with the FBI to target their patients. Such a partnership between the government and private entities to target patients with no oversight raises even more questions. For their part, the FBI claims they stopped using this form in 2019. They further contend the form was a way for people to “self-report” if they felt they were a danger to either themselves or the community. Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) and House Judiciary Chair Jim Jordan (R-OH) are among a group of Congressional Members raising First Amendment concerns.
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