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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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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 ...

The Battle to Confirm Jeff Sessions as Attorney General is Underway!  NRA Member Action Needed Now!

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Friday, January 6, 2017

The Battle to Confirm Jeff Sessions as Attorney General is Underway! NRA Member Action Needed Now!

President-elect Trump has nominated Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) as Attorney General of the United States! That's great news ...

New York Attorney General Publishes Phony “Trafficking” Study With Flawed, Incomplete Data

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Friday, October 28, 2016

New York Attorney General Publishes Phony “Trafficking” Study With Flawed, Incomplete Data

This week, the New York Attorney General’s Office, led by Eric T. Schneiderman, released a report entitled “Target ...

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

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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

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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

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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 ...

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.