I sent a notarized request form to DOJ a couple of years ago to see exactly what was on file for me. They sent me accurate records for the handguns I purchased in CA but stated that long gun records were not retained.
Originally Posted by LegalEagle
That said, the DOJ or ATF can zero in on who a particular long gun if necessary. They do this by contacting the manufacturer, finding out who the lot was sold to, and then tracing the long gun down to the dealer level. From there, the dealer provides the record indicating who the long gun was sold to.
At least that approach wouldn't be useful for PPT or any used purchases.