Saturday, February 19, 2011

Boren Seeks To Restrain ICE Rifle Regulation

Congressman Dan Boren
is a member of the NRA
Board of Directors
Congressman Dan Boren teamed with a colleague Friday night to win approval of an amendment that prohibits the use of federal funds to implement a "new and unauthorized regulation" by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ICE).

The regulation, Boren said, would circumvent "the will of Congress by centralizing records of thousands of Americans' rifle purchases without any legal authority."

Borne and Congressman Denny Renberg of Montana successfully amended H.R. 1, the Fiscal Year Continuing Appropriations Act for FY2011.

They said the ATF proposal would require federally licensed firearm dealers to file reports with ATF on all sales of two or more semi-automatic rifles within five consecutive business days if the rifles are larger than .22 caliber and use detachable magazines.

The ATF has claimed in public statements that the requirement would apply only to California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas. The notice published in the Federal Register, however, does not mention a limitation to just these states.

The new unauthorized plan would include many of today’s most popular rifles, which are owned by millions of Americans for self-defense, hunting and other lawful purposes.

“The ATF has no legal authority to demand these reports. Congress previously approved these types of reports for the sales of multiple handguns only and has rejected reporting requirements for rifles, or long guns. As recently as last fall, ATF claimed that a reporting requirement for long guns ‘may require a change to the Gun Control Act’, and yet with this new regulation they are trying to circumvent doing just that. That’s because they know there is not enough support in Congress to approve this change to the Gun Control Act,” said Boren.

Boren added, “It’s critical to remember that with or without this program, ATF already has full access to records of every firearm transaction by every licensed dealer when such records are connected to a criminal investigation. Given that fact, this new regulation would create a flood of new reports that will further waste already scarce law enforcement resources, subject law-abiding firearms sellers to yet another reporting requirement, and compromise the privacy of their customers by cataloguing personal information in a database.”

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