I heard this was part of the recent gun bill that was passed, dictating that no forms could be destroyed once the law went into affect, regardless of age. That's why a few "gun tubers" were recommending that FFLs destroy any records that had passed the 20 year threshold before the law took effect.Those forms can be destroyed by the FFL holder if they are older than 20 years.
We all know this is happening. Just see BPH's post #42 above.It is illegal for a compliance inspector to copy any transaction from your Acquisition and Disposition books per the gun control act of 1968. Law Enforcement Division is not restrained if they are conducting an investigation on a specific firearm.
The law here states a registry is forbidden. The information is supposed to be destroyed after 3 days. I may be off a little on the time frame but there is not supposed to be a perminate record let alone a searchable data base. Those in charge pretend it does not exist. If Pa does it it would be silly to think the feds do not do it too with any information the obtain legally or otherwise. JMHO. After all when was the last time any one in government house was held responsible legally and did real prison time for such activities?To be clear, the only law I know of that forbids a searchable database registry is a federal one.
States likely have all kinds of lists.