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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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Washington Post  

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

ATF sting operation: ‘Operation Fearless’ or feckless?

The operations were marked by “poor management, insufficient training and guidance to agents in the field, and a ...

Office of Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa)  

Monday, September 12, 2016

Grassley: ATF Must Get Serious about its Undercover Storefront Operations

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley today issued the following statement regarding a Justice Department Inspector General report ...

Clinton Supporter Attacks Trump, Blames NRA for Chicago Mother’s Murder

News  

Friday, September 2, 2016

Clinton Supporter Attacks Trump, Blames NRA for Chicago Mother’s Murder

The self-proclaimed “Dean of Comedy,” radio talk show host Dean Obeidallah, has blamed a Chicago African-American mother’s murder, ...

Associated Press  

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Appeals Court Upholds Ban on Gun Sales to Marijuana Card Holders

A federal ban on the sale of guns to medical marijuana card holders does not violate the Second ...

ATF Delays Any Changes to Nitrocellulose Regulation

News  

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

ATF Delays Any Changes to Nitrocellulose Regulation

Earlier this summer, ATF released an Explosives Industry Newsletter that changed the agency’s treatment of nitrocellulose, the primary ...

Gun Controllers Peddle Declining Ownership Myth Amid Massive Growth in Firearms Manufacturers

News  

Friday, August 12, 2016

Gun Controllers Peddle Declining Ownership Myth Amid Massive Growth in Firearms Manufacturers

While wishful gun control supporters keep peddling the fiction that gun ownership is declining, the firearms industry is growing ...

John Lott, BJS Surveys and ATF Data Undercut Everytown’s Claims about Expanded Background Checks

News  

Friday, August 12, 2016

John Lott, BJS Surveys and ATF Data Undercut Everytown’s Claims about Expanded Background Checks

It’s a good thing for Hillary Clinton that Michael Bloomberg decided against running for president this year. If ...

The Myth of “Declining” Gun Ownership

News  

Friday, July 8, 2016

The Myth of “Declining” Gun Ownership

Americans are buying guns at an unprecedented rate (please see related story) and have been doing so for ...

Washington Free Beacon  

Monday, June 20, 2016

Store Owner: Undercover CBS Purchase of AR-15 Broke Federal Law

The gun store where a CBS News employee purchased a gun for a segment that aired Thursday on ...

Fiscal Year 2017 Appropriations Process Yields Wins for the Second Amendment

News  

Friday, May 27, 2016

Fiscal Year 2017 Appropriations Process Yields Wins for the Second Amendment

On Tuesday, the House Appropriations Committee approved the fiscal year 2017 Commerce, Justice, Science (CJS) Appropriations bill. The bill funds the ...

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.