Episode 12: The Government’s Secret Gun Owner Database

Secret Government Gun Database

One common thing we run into all the time in teaching students and talking with all the people that reach out to us via phone, email and social media, is the concept of gun registration. Many people mistakenly believe that guns are registered. But then again we hear talk about secret gun owner databases held at the ATF. So what is actually true? Jacob and I will break this down in detail today.

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About Riley Bowman

Riley Bowman is the Director of Training at ConcealedCarry.com and the Host of the Concealed Carry Podcast. He came up in this world initially through his 8-year experience with a state-level law enforcement agency in Colorado. Riley has trained extensively under instructors such as: Rob Leatham, Mike Seeklander, Tim Herron, Scott Jedlinski, Matt Little, Kyle Lamb, Dave Spaulding, Jeff Gonzales, Bill Blowers, Chuck Pressburg, and others, amassing many hundreds of hours of formal shooting and tactics training. He is an NRA Pistol Instructor, a Colorado P.O.S.T. Handgun and Patrol Rifle Instructor, a graduate of Trident Concepts Concealed Carry Instructor course, and a Modern Samurai Project Endorsed Instructor. He also competes in USPSA and 3-gun competitions including numerous top-10 finishes at major matches and championships. He is the current USPSA Carry Optics Colorado State Champion and most recently won 3rd place in Master Class at the 2022 USPSA Carry Optics National Championship.


  1. Matthew on April 27, 2016 at 12:52 pm

    Great topics and great info. Definitely enjoy the podcasts!

  2. Norman E. Layton on April 28, 2016 at 10:11 am

    I really liked the ,in my opinion, inside information !

  3. Norman E. Layton on April 28, 2016 at 10:19 am

    Very informative ,good stuff.

  4. Kirk Schlup on April 28, 2016 at 11:42 am

    Very interesting. I live in CT and my FFL sends a copy of every 4473 to my local police department. I know the police department also keeps these copies on file – seems illegal to me under FOPA based on your podcast. No doubt in my mind that all guns in CT are tracked. I’m lucky that our local police are reasonable when it comes to legal ownership but I can see where this could be a real problem if your local law enforcement is a bunch of jerks.

  5. Kenny on April 28, 2016 at 6:21 pm

    I beg to differ about your statement about gun regs. I know for sure in California if the gun was purchased in California a law enforcement officer can obtain owner info on the spot. They can do it in the car or via dispatch. This pertains to handguns only.

    • Riley Bowman on April 29, 2016 at 9:08 pm

      Thanks for listening! We did mention in the episode that California has handgun registration. This would support your comment.

  6. E. Talken on September 28, 2016 at 11:01 pm

    It’s only a matter of time. If our duly elected public servants can ignore the laws regarding illegal aliens voting, the use of the IRS to intimidate their enemies, and to prohibit possession of firearms because of their appearance, then what is to stop them from prohibiting possession of any and all firearms? It is apparent that the Second Amendment hasn’t.

  7. BeckyJ on March 20, 2017 at 4:10 pm

    Did you all know that when you submit to a state background ck., that there are over a dozen data bases that your info goes through that are world wide, to see if you are “clear” to purchase . Research it and you will find that if the US has an agreement with another country on IRS (taxes) then they are alerted ,Interpol-etc

  8. Sheila Smith on March 14, 2022 at 1:46 pm

    Does anyone provide Walmart with their name, address, and other personal info when buying hamburger?
    Think about it.
    I don’t care what the law says, governments break their own laws constantly.
    It’s naive to believe there is no risk to me if I give personal information to anyone. You have no power to control what happens with that information.

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