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O'Keefe Sues FBI, Wrongfully Denied Right To Bear Arms

Unlawfully placed on FBI's NICS list as a convicted felon

  • GUN STORE CLERK: YOU PROBABLY HAVE A LAWSUIT ON YOUR HANDS

  • ANOTHER CLERK: THEY DON'T LIKE YOU. YOU'RE IN THE NEWSPAPER BUSINESS

  • OKEEFE: I WILL GET MY CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS RESTORED

  • ANOTHER CLERK: YOU'RE AN AMERICAN CITIZEN. YOU HAVEN'T DONE ANYTHING WRONG. NOW THEY'RE SHOVING A POLO STICK UP YOUR ASS

  • FBI ERRONEOUSLY LABELS O’KEEFE A FELON IN NICS BACKGROUND CHECK SYSTEM

[New York, NY – August 6, 2020] Project Veritas Action and Project Veritas today released a video of James O'Keefe III, who has never been convicted of a felony, being denied the right to keep and bear arms. The rejection has led O’Keefe to file a lawsuit against the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

READ THE FULL LAWSUIT FILED TODAY

When asked why the FBI has denied his ability to purchase a firearm, the FBI disclosed O'Keefe is falsely identified as a convicted felon on the NICS (National Instant Criminal Background Check) list. He has never been convicted of a felony.

“The lawsuit is being filed in the Southern District Court of New York seeking an order requiring the FBI to remove him from this list as required by law under 18 U.S.C. § 925A,” said Jered Ede Esq., who is representing O’Keefe.

“Notably, the FBI has not disclosed what information it is relying on to place him on its watch list,” Ede stated in the complaint filed with the court.

In one instance, a store clerk suggested not only was it a violation of the right to bear arms, but it was worthy of a lawsuit.

O’KEEFE: I don't know. I don't know what. I hope it's not retaliating against me because of our journalism.

CUSTOMER (OUTLANDER SURVIVAL SUPPLY): I'm probably sure it is.

STEVE (OUTLANDER SURVIVAL SUPPLY): I bet you, it is. And you probably have a lawsuit on your hands.

In another instance a shop owner suggested it was a retaliatory action:

O’KEEFE: Denied. That's crazy. I wonder if that's more retaliation.

RAY (RAY’S GUN SHOP): Could be.

O’KEEFE: Insane.

RAY (RAY’S GUN SHOP): They don't like you. You're in the newspaper business, man.

O’KEEFE: That’s right.

RAY (RAY’S GUN SHOP): If they don't.

O’KEEFE: I'm just trying to protect myself.

RAY (RAY’S GUN SHOP): I'd go after em. And I'll tell ya if it infringes off your work. Yeah. Get a lawyer. File a complaint against the FBI.

The story is developing.