Sens. Cruz, Hawley, Tillis, Cotton Send Letter to ATF in Defense of Second Amendment Rights

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), and Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) this week sent a letter to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Explosives (ATF) expressing concern over two of their newly-proposed gun rules that could threaten Americans’ Second Amendment rights. The rules, 2021R-05 and 2021R-08, would require the retention of firearms transaction records forever, paving the way to a national gun registry, and clamp down on pistol braces and other devices possessed by thousands of law-abiding gun owners. In the letter, the senators wrote: "These measures are concerning enough on their face. But more alarming is ATF’s apparent willingness to unilaterally make important firearms policy determinations wholly apart from Congress. Americans’ rights to keep and bear firearms are safeguarded by the Second Amendment, and the responsibility for implementing those constitutional protections rests with elected lawmakers-not unelected federal bureaucrats." Read the full letter here and below. June 21, 2021 Marvin G. Richardson 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 Richardson: Over the last month, ATF has proposed two rules with far-reaching implications for Americans’ Second Amendment rights. On May 21, ATF announced Proposed Rule 2021R-05, Definition of "Frame or Receiver" and Identification of Firearms. This rule covers a breadth of issues, including the classification of split or modular frames and receivers, the identification of mufflers and silencers, and so forth, many of which will have […]

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