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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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Americans for Responsible Solutions Claims NFA Isn’t Burdensome

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Second Amendment  

Friday, September 1, 2017

Americans for Responsible Solutions Claims NFA Isn’t Burdensome

Earlier this week, gun control group Americans for Responsible Solutions continued their confused campaign against the Hearing Protection ...

Commerce Subcommittee Chairman John Culberson Steers Pro-Gun Spending Bill to House Floor

Friday, July 14, 2017

Commerce Subcommittee Chairman John Culberson Steers Pro-Gun Spending Bill to House Floor

On Thursday, the House Committee on Appropriations approved the Fiscal Year 2018 Commerce, Justice, Science (CJS) Appropriations Bill, ...

Chicago Sun Times  

Friday, June 30, 2017

President Donald Trump’s ‘feds’ arrive in Chicago to fight gun crime

In January, President Donald Trump tweeted that he’d “send in the Feds!” to Chicago, citing the city’s miserable ...

Mainstream Media Misrepresents NRA's Position on Right-to-Carry Permits

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Second Amendment  

Friday, June 23, 2017

Mainstream Media Misrepresents NRA's Position on Right-to-Carry Permits

There is an ongoing debate as to the severity of the decline in the modern attention span. However, ...

Washington Times  

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Eric Holder slammed for ‘Fast and Furious’ obstruction

The House Oversight Committee let loose with a scathing assessment of Eric Holder in a recent report, accusing ...

Rep. Rob Bishop Introduces the "Lawful Purpose and Self Defense Act"

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Friday, May 26, 2017

Rep. Rob Bishop Introduces the "Lawful Purpose and Self Defense Act"

On Wednesday, May 24, 2017, Chairman of the House Committee on Natural Resources Rob Bishop (R-UT) introduced H.R. ...

NICS Exemption Status Now Recognized for Minnesota Handgun Carry Permit Holders

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

NICS Exemption Status Now Recognized for Minnesota Handgun Carry Permit Holders

This week, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) announced that Minnesota Federal Firearm Licensees (FFLs) ...

Associated Press  

Monday, May 1, 2017

ATF: Minnesota Permit To Carry Satisfies Background Check For Buying Guns

Minnesota residents who have permits to carry handguns may now be able to purchase guns from licensed dealers ...

Brace Yourself: ATF Reconsiders Obama-Era Policy on Stabilizing Braces

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Gun Laws  

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Brace Yourself: ATF Reconsiders Obama-Era Policy on Stabilizing Braces

News broke this week that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) has reconsidered and “clarified” ...

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 ...

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.