Hawley Demands Answers from ATF on Anti-Gun Regulations

Hawley Demands Answers from ATF on Anti-Gun Regulations

Today Senator Hawley (R-Mo.) sent a letter to Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Acting Director Gary M. Restaino demanding answers on the agency’s new rules that would unduly burden law-abiding gun owners and dealers. Senator Hawley previously sent a letter to ATF on this matter in June 2021. Senator Hawley asked , “What steps does ATF intend to take to ensure that any new information that may be retained by FFL dealers pursuant to Final Rule 2021R–05F is not subsequently used for the targeting of lawful gun owners by federal authorities or other politically-motivated purposes?” ATF’s Proposed Rule 2021R–05, which has recently been finalized by ATF, would require gun dealers to maintain gun owner and transaction information forever, a dangerously close step toward an unconstitutional national gun registry. Proposed Rule 2021R–08 would reclassify millions of pistols and AR-15-style firearms as “short-barreled rifles,” subjecting them to the rigid controls of the National Firearms Act and making it a federal felony to possess them without going through a byzantine waiver process. Read the entire letter here or below: Gary M. Restaino Acting Director Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives U.S. Department of Justice 99 New York Avenue, NE Washington, DC 20226 Dear Acting Director Restaino: In June of 2021, I sent ATF a letter expressing concerns about two rules your office proposed that would impose substantial burdens on law-abiding firearm owners: Proposed Rule 2021R–05, Definition of “Frame or Receiver” and Identification of Firearms, and Proposed Rule 2021R–08, Factoring […]

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