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BATFE, Firearm Importation & Federal Firearm Law Reform

Among its duties, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) monitors firearm manufacturers, importers and dealers for compliance with record-keeping requirements; conducts traces on the commercial paths of individual firearms at the request of law enforcement agencies; interprets firearm importation law; and administers transfers of firearms regulated by the National Firearm Act of 1934.

The BATFE was used by the Clinton administration to reduce the number of firearm dealers, and by the administrations of presidents G. H. W. Bush and Clinton to restrict “assault weapons” by misinterpreting firearm importation law. The agency’s tracing data, sometimes useful in identifying persons involved in illegally trafficking firearms, have been mischaracterized by gun control supporters in the context of their campaigns against “Saturday Night Specials” and “assault weapons,” and in favor of making state gun laws more restrictive.

BATFE has been widely criticized for its role in the “Ruby Ridge” and “Waco” tragedies, and Operation Fast and Furious, in which the agency knowingly allowed firearms to be bought by straw purchasers and other traffickers, and thereafter smuggled from the United States to Mexico, where they made their way to violent drug cartels.

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Now Hear This: Shooting Sports Are Good for Your Health, But Loud Noise is Not!

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Hunting  

Friday, February 10, 2017

Now Hear This: Shooting Sports Are Good for Your Health, But Loud Noise is Not!

We hear it all the time from the anti-gun folks: firearms are a “public health” crisis. The proponents ...

ATF Associate Deputy Director Pens “White Paper” on Reducing Needless Firearms Regulations

News  

Friday, February 10, 2017

ATF Associate Deputy Director Pens “White Paper” on Reducing Needless Firearms Regulations

On Monday, the Washington Post reported on a “white paper” written by Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and ...

ATF Associate Deputy Director: Time To Reconsider Regulations On Suppressors, “Assault Weapons”

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Second Amendment  

Friday, February 10, 2017

ATF Associate Deputy Director: Time To Reconsider Regulations On Suppressors, “Assault Weapons”

A recently published “white paper” from ATF Associate Deputy Director Ronald Turk suggests National Firearms Act (NFA) regulation ...

Breitbart  

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

ATF Associate Deputy Director: ‘Assault Weapons’ Import Ban Nonsensical

In a “white paper” published by the Washington Post, ATF Associate Deputy Director Ronald Turk shows that a continued ...

Washington Post  

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Senior ATF official proposes loosening gun regulations

The second-highest-ranking official at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has written a proposal to reduce ...

Washington Post  

Monday, February 6, 2017

Senior ATF official proposes loosening gun regulations

The second-highest-ranking official at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has written a proposal to reduce ...

New York Times  

Monday, February 6, 2017

ATF Plans to Send More Agents to Chicago to Curb Violence

The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives plans to send more agents to Chicago to help ...

When Laws Collide: Federal Preemption and State Firearm Freedom Acts

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Gun Laws  

Friday, February 3, 2017

When Laws Collide: Federal Preemption and State Firearm Freedom Acts

For the last several years, so-called “Firearms Freedom Acts” or “Second Amendment Preservation Acts” have attracted a lot ...

Jeff Sessions’ Devotion to the Constitution Shines Through in Contentious Confirmation Hearing

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Friday, January 13, 2017

Jeff Sessions’ Devotion to the Constitution Shines Through in Contentious Confirmation Hearing

On January 10 and 11, the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee held the confirmation hearing for President-elect Donald Trump’s ...

NRA Applauds the Introduction of the Hearing Protection Act, H.R. 367

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Hunting  

Monday, January 9, 2017

NRA Applauds the Introduction of the Hearing Protection Act, H.R. 367

FAIRFAX, Va. – The National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA) applauded Congressmen Jeff Duncan (SC) and John ...

NRA ILA

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.