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. "
The agency has "repeatedly, wrongfully, and without justification denied Mr. O'Keefe the ability to purchase a firearm," states the Thursday filing.
BREAKING: I have just filed a lawsuit against the @FBI for infringing upon my 2nd Amendment Right to Bear Arms.— James O'Keefe (@JamesOKeefeIII) August 6, 2020
They have erroneously put me on the Federal NICS Background Check System as a convicted felon.
The problem? I am NOT a convicted felon.#WeHaveRights pic.twitter.com/MBHLhO333I