FederalGunsTexas Rep. Michael Cloud, Other Republicans Warn ATF Rule Change Could Lead to Unlawful Gun Registry

FederalGunsTexas Rep. Michael Cloud, Other Republicans Warn ATF Rule Change Could Lead to Unlawful Gun Registry

(PaySides/stock.adobe.comAdobe Stock ) Rep. Michael Cloud (R-TX-27) led a letter with 51 other Republican members of Congress to the head of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), expressing concern that the agency is encroaching on the Second Amendment. In the letter, the lawmakers say that they fear the “Biden Administration is intent on creating a federal gun registry by circumventing the legislative process.” Under current law and regulations, federal firearms licensees (FFLs) that are in the gun-selling business are required to keep records of firearm purchases for at least 20 years. Although law prohibits the federal government from maintaining a centralized registry of firearm ownership, FFLs that go out of business are required to transfer their records to the ATF. An internal ATF document published by The Washington Free Beacon states that a staggering 54.7 million out-of-business records were transferred to the agency in Fiscal Year 2021 alone. A new rule for the department that is being considered by the Biden administration would, among other things, require FFLs to maintain records of firearm purchases indefinitely instead of 20 years. “Texans are rightfully wary of efforts from an intrusive federal government to consolidate control at the expense of our liberties,” said Cloud in a statement to The Texan . “Americans have the constitutional right to keep and bear arms — to protect themselves and their families. The proposed rule by the Biden Administration would put our country on the path to a federal gun registry, which infringes […]

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