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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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Record-High Gun Industry Figures Reflect Surges in Sales and Permits

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Second Amendment  

Friday, April 14, 2017

Record-High Gun Industry Figures Reflect Surges in Sales and Permits

The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) has recently released a report detailing the sizeable contribution the firearm and ...

CBS News  

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Alleged gunman from 2010 killing of Border Patrol agent Brian Terry arrested

Authorities have arrested the suspected shooter in the 2010 killing of a U.S. Border Patrol agent whose death ...

West Virginia Congressman Introduces Important Pro-Gun Legislation

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Second Amendment  

Friday, April 7, 2017

West Virginia Congressman Introduces Important Pro-Gun Legislation

On Thursday, Rep. Evan Jenkins (R-WV) introduced the “Protecting the Second Amendment Act,” H.R. 1976. This legislation would ...

New Yorkers Push for Handgun Rationing in Virginia

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Second Amendment  

Gun Laws  

Friday, March 31, 2017

New Yorkers Push for Handgun Rationing in Virginia

Politicians and government officials aren’t known for their willingness to accept responsibility. When faced with the blame for ...

McClatchy  

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Gun enthusiasts want to make buying suppressors easier. They have a friend in Trump Jr.

Donald Trump Jr., an avid hunter who credits his Czech grandfather with getting him interested in the outdoors, ...

Volokh Conspiracy  

Monday, March 13, 2017

Second Amendment may be restored on Army Corps of Engineers land

You might think that a government unit called the “U.S. Army Corps of Engineers” would mainly perform projects ...

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 ...

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.