Project Veritas founder James O'Keefe is suing the FBI after the agency denied his application to buy a firearm because he is erroneously listed as a felon in the NICS criminal background check system maintained by the FBI.
O'Keefe attempted to purchase firearms at several New York gun stores, only to be told he couldn't complete the transactions. In a lawsuit filed on Thursday, O'Keefe argues that the FBI "has illegally placed Mr. O'Keefe on a federal watch list designed to preclude convicted felons from purchasing firearms by falsely claiming Mr. O'Keefe has in fact been convicted of a felony. "
BREAKING: I have been DENIED my Constitutional right to bear arms. The @FBI has erroneously put me on the NICS Background Check System as a convicted felon.— James O'Keefe (@JamesOKeefeIII) August 6, 2020
“Are you James O’Keefe?”
“The FBI has you on some list…”#WeHaveRights pic.twitter.com/DBYHO50tNm
The agency has "repeatedly, wrongfully, and without justification denied Mr. O'Keefe the ability to purchase a firearm," states the Thursday filing.
We fight. We win. We get paid.— James O'Keefe (@JamesOKeefeIII) August 6, 2020
42 U.S.C. §1983 pic.twitter.com/gdkvfsuqVE
In other words - O'Keefe, a controversial journalist who might someday become the target of leftist violence, is currently unable to legally purchase a firearm to defend himself.