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Stop BATFE Abuses -- Urge Your Congressman To Cosponsor H.R. 4900

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Continuing concern about the treatment of firearm dealers by BATFE has caused members of the U.S. House of Representatives—with NRA-ILA’s full support—to push for new and improved reform legislation.  That push has taken the form of H.R. 4900 -- the “Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Reform and Firearms Modernization Act.” 

H.R. 4900 represents NRA-ILA’s latest efforts to pass legislation that will make it easier for lawful gun owners and dealers to comply with federal law and regulations, while ensuring that those who break the law are punished accordingly.  This bipartisan bill also serves as a vital step toward modernizing and improving BATFE’s overall operations.  The bill would roll back unnecessary restrictions, correct errors, and codify longstanding congressional policies in the firearms arena, and is a vital step to modernize and improve BATFE operations. 

NRA-ILA Executive Director Chris W. Cox has written a comprehensive article on this issue that appeared in the April issues of NRA’s magazines.  In the article, Cox pledges his commitment to winning the reforms that H.R. 4900 proposes, but cautions that, “the key to our ultimate success will be the dedication and commitment of NRA members who call and write the Congress, and who turn out to campaign for candidates who support our Second Amendment rights.”  (To read this article now, please click here.) 

To that end, please be sure to contact your U.S. Representative at (202) 225-3121, and urge him or her to cosponsor and support H.R. 4900, the “Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Reform and Firearms Modernization Act.”  

As of this writing, H.R. 4900 has 222 cosponsors. To see if your Representative is cosponsoring H.R. 4900, please click here

For more detailed information on H.R. 4900, please click here

To read NRA-ILA Executive Director Chris W. Cox’s letter to BATFE Acting Director Michael Sullivan, please click here.

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Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the "lobbying" arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is responsible for preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purchase, possess and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.