It has been about a week since information from the group Wyoming Gun Owners began circulating on Facebook about what information can be gathered from local police departments by monitoring transition tickets from local pawn shops. Wyoming Gun Owners President Anthony Bouchard says the pawn tickets are being used as a key stroke gun registration.
“Well, we’ve known about the pawn ticket activity and the law that creates that. But the problem is they are putting [the information] into their data base -- which is actually a key stroke registration, basically, that went with real I.D. And the push [is] from the Federal Government to have all this information -- even NSA. What is being done is making it easy for this registry to just go across state lines [or] go back over [to] the Federal Government, even.”---Bouchard
Gillette Police Chief Jim Hloucal says pawn transaction programs are very common with law enforcement throughout the entire country, and the purpose has nothing to do with gun registration.
“If a citizen is the victim of a crime, and your property is stolen, and you report it to us, and then the thief pawns that property, we are able to connect the dots and arrest the thief, and get your property back.”--Hloucal-
Hloucal went on to say he feels the information being provided from Bouchard is full on inaccuracies and misinformation.
“If you go to a pawn shop and you purchase a gun or any other piece of property, that transaction is not registered with Law Enforcement whatsoever. The background check doesn’t go through us; that’s a Federal background check. We get no information from that. If one of our citizens goes and purchases a gun anywhere in the city, we are not made aware of that transaction; we have none of those records, and we don’t care to. We only want to know if a criminal is pawning stolen property. We don’t care who is purchasing legitimate property-- whether it’s a gun, or anything else.”--Hloucal-
Through the http://wyominggunowners.org/ website, Bouchard has provided links for the public to investigate the matter for themselves. http://wyominggunowners.org/gillette-government-firearm-registry-uncovered/ Bouchard says he also feels that Gillette Mayor Tom Murphy, and House Speaker Tom Lubnau, of Gillette, are complacent in a large scale effort to chip away at gun rights.
“My organization has no reason to go after good guys. Lubnau has a history of being on the wrong team, and so does Tom Murphy, and the thing that they don’t want to talk about are organizations that are raising real money in Wyoming -- and I mean big bucks -- that happen to be on the other side of the issue.”---Bouchard
Both Labnau and Murphy say that if you look at facts, and not conspiracy theory, you will find nothing in their history showing they are soft on gun rights. Lubnau says he describes Bouchard as a conflict merchant in a fund raising scam to support his own lifestyle. Murphy described Bouchard as a charlatan who gives people concerned about gun rights a bad name.
“He is a snake oil salesman. He is the same type of individual that came in the late 1800’s to this community and played on fears of people, and then told them that he had the cure, and tried to sell it to them. He perverts the process of democracy.”--Murphy
Bouchard said he is providing the truth and not conspiracy theory, and responds to Mayor Murphy’s comments.
“Mayor Murphy is only defending their position. I’m only exposing the truth. We will raise money, and we will do it to further expose these politicians.”---Bouchard
All parties involved invited the public to contact them through cordial means if they would like more information.
More with Hloucal (audio file):
More with Bouchard: (audio file)
The information from Bouchard http://wyominggunowners.org/gillette-government-firearm-registry-uncovered/ mentions various groups that Hloucal, Lubnau, and Murphy have involvment with. Below is additional audio on those topics:
Lubnau on Council Of State Governments:
Lubnau on WASCOP
Bouchard on WASCOP
Murphy on IACP/Suicide Prevention