Shooting Down the ATF
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Dealers get reprieve — for now — from proposed reporting requirement.
A last-minute maneuvers by Oklahoma Democrat, U.S. Rep. Dan Boren, has foiled the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ attempt to demand gun dealers in four Southwestern states report sales involving multiple semi-automatic rifles.
Boren’s attached an amendment blocking the ATF’s proposed reporting requirement to a bill to fund the government for the remainder of the current fiscal year. The bill — with Boren’s amendment — passed by a vote of 277-149 on Feb. 18.
Boren said his amendment prevents the ATF from circumventing the will of Congress, and said the reporting requirement is unfair and unnecessary.
“It’s critical to remember that with or without this program, ATF already has full access to records of every firearm,” he said.
The reporting requirement would be triggered if a dealer sells, within five consecutive business days, two or more semiautomatic rifles greater than .22 caliber with detachable magazines. It would not prevent the sale of these types of weapons, nor prohibit bulk sales.
It would apply only to Border States California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas but, Boren said, the notice published in the Federal Register did not mention such a limitation.
He said the agency is likely to re-submit a similar proposal that would cover many of the most popular rifles owned by millions of Americans sometime soon.
Meanwhile, President Barak Obama’s nominee to head the ATF, Andrew Traver, continues to be reviewed by the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Traver, 47, has led the ATF in Illinois since 2004. He was nominated by Obama in November to head the federal agency. The National Rifle Association, which says Traver is “hostile to the Second Amendment,” has urged Obama to withdraw the nomination.
Traver “has been deeply aligned with gun-control advocates and anti-gun activities,” said NRA spokesman Chris Cox.
For more, go to:
– Once again, the gun lobby escapes common-sense regulation;
– Boren secures amendment on gun sale reports;
– [House budget bill blocks ATF request for emergency anti-gun trafficking authority](http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/145283-house-budget-bill/- blocks-atf-request-for-emergency-anti-gun-trafficking-authority);
– [ATF’s New Proposed Gun Regulations for Border States Under Fire](http://www.suite101.com/content/atfs-new-proposed-gun-regulations-for-border/- states-under-fire-a332931#ixzz1EuVhMfEc);
– [White House rejects ATF proposal for reporting of long-gun sales](http://www.stltoday.com/news/national/article_ee117cea-3405-11e0-8a44/- 0017a4a78c22.html);
– [White House Says No to ATF’s Emergency AK-47 Regulation Proposal](http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/news/2011/02/10/white-house-says-emergency-ak/- regulation-sought-benefit-mexico/#ixzz1EuW77IVo);
– [Traver material reveals anti-gun positions and troubling allies](http://www.examiner.com/gun-rights-in-national/traver-material-reveals-anti-gun/- positions-and-troubling-allies#ixzz1Eu79Aaa0);
– [Senate Judiciary Committee Posts Material On Andrew Traver](http://onlygunsandmoney.blogspot.com/2011/02/senate-judiciary-committee/- posts.html);
– NRA keeps up opposition to nominee to head ATF;
– [Nominee to lead ATF encounters resistance from NRA](http://www.joplinglobe.com/national/x740791920/Nominee-to-lead-ATF-encounters/- resistance-from-NRA);