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.
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.