ATF comment period


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taliv
February 8, 2011, 05:50 PM
as posted by vans40 on arfcom:

We have not been able to verify this, though it was reported in the Washington Post, but the comment period for ATF's rifle registration program may well have been extended until 2/14/11. This, it appears, because Mayor Bloomberg and MAIG didn't get their comments in, in time. See full story here: http://www.gunleaders.com/blog/2011/02/06/why-was-the-atf-multi-rifle-sale-registration-comment-period-extended/

We need gun owners to really take up the slack. If you've commented, great. If you haven't, please, we need you to NOW. The email address and suggested comments are below. Please remember to sign your name. We can't afford to let Bloomberg or anyone else beat us on numbers.


Send your comments to barbara.terrell@atf.gov or fax them to (202) 648-9640

Suggested Comments:

I am writing to oppose the so called emergency regulation to register multiple sales of certain rifles with BATFE as described in FR Doc. 2010-31761 from the 12/17/2010 Federal Register. http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/pdf/2010-31761.pdf
This regulation is both illegal and unnecessary. Further there is no justification for any "emergency" implementation as reported by the Washington Post:
White House delayed rule meant to stop gun flow to Mexico, Washington Post, Dec. 17, 2010, On-line edition:
( http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/12/17/AR2010121706598.html ).
* The regulation proposed is outside the statutory grant of authority to record information about multiple sales of firearms. Title 18 U.S.C. 923(g)(3)(A) specifically grants the authority to collect multiple sale information on handguns and revolvers. Other firearms are excluded and there is no implied authority to extend this reporting requirement to rifles or any other type of firearm.
* "FFL" holders are already required by law to respond to BATFE requests for information on firearms distribution pursuant to criminal investigations: Title 18 U.S.C. 923(g)(7).
* The regulation contains no provision for the destruction of information collected, which establishes a nationwide registry of "certain types of firearms" as proposed. Because of this the regulation as proposed is illegal under Title 18 U.S.C. 926(a). "No such rule or regulation . may require that records required to be maintained under this chapter or any portion of the contents of such records, be recorded at or transferred to a facility owned, managed, or controlled by the United States or any State or any political subdivision thereof, nor that any system of registration of firearms, firearms owners, or firearms transactions or disposition be established."
There is a grave potential for this regulation to unduly burden citizens who are collectors or must obtain purchase permits at the local or state level to possess firearms. The proposed regulation does not say what the agency intends to do with the information but ostensibly it would be for criminal investigations. Subjecting law abiding gun owners to this type of investigation under the guise of "information collection" is an overt attempt to prevent them from exercising their 2nd Amendment rights to purchase and own firearms.

This regulatory action should not be approved.

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RockyMtnTactical
February 8, 2011, 05:54 PM
I'm gonna post this info on my blog. Thanks. Do you happen to have a link to the original thread on ARFCOM?

taliv
February 9, 2011, 01:41 PM
response:

Thank you for your comment regarding the 60-day emergency notice of information collection relating to ATF Form 3310.12 (Report of Multiple Sale or Other Disposition of Certain Rifles), published in the Federal Register on December 17, 2010. The Federal Register and supplement form may be found at: http://www.atf.gov/regulations-rulings/rulemakings/general-notices.html

The primary purpose of this program is to improve law enforcement’s ability to identify firearms traffickers, to disrupt the criminal activity and to stop deadly violence plaguing the southwest border States and Mexico. The multiple sales reports will apply only to rifles that are semi-automatic, greater than .22 caliber, and have the ability to accept a detachable magazine. Federal firearms licensees in the States of California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas will complete the forms for those transactions when an individual purchases two or more of these rifles within five business days. We intend to evaluate the results at the end of a 1 year pilot period.

As mentioned in the notice, if granted by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), the emergency approval of the form is valid for 180 days. All comments received in response to the notice will be carefully considered and, if warranted, revisions to the form will be made.

Spec ops Grunt
February 9, 2011, 02:59 PM
The entire population of the US could send them a letter and they wouldn't care. :fire:

Maybe we need to remind our congresscritters that disbanding them would save a lot of money.

M.C.
February 9, 2011, 05:14 PM
The entire population of the US could send them a letter and they wouldn't care. :fire:

Maybe we need to remind our congresscritters that disbanding them would save a lot of money.
Amen to that

RockyMtnTactical
February 9, 2011, 11:15 PM
Maybe we need to remind our congresscritters that disbanding them would save a lot of money.

You can ask your Representative to urge the Chairman of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee to hold hearings on the ATF.

http://capwiz.com/gunowners/issues/alert/?alertid=26536771&PROCESS=Take+Action

RockyMtnTactical
February 9, 2011, 11:24 PM
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/41495274

Owen Sparks
February 12, 2011, 10:55 PM
Sounds like a good way to get your name on "the list".

xcgates
February 13, 2011, 01:58 AM
Like my name isn't already on several lists from letters I have sent, calls I have made, events I have attended.

Heck, a year or two ago I found out that simply by being in the Armed Services, I will be on a "list".:barf: (That in a way, I was proud to realize?:confused:)

If I am going to be on a list, it will be on making sure my voice is heard. And I don't just make myself heard on this issue, there are several positions I have that aren't "PC", that I will vocalize. Just happens that this place is oriented towards firearms.

::EDIT::

I just hope people aren't giving their input for fear of a "list". I don't think this great country has descended that far.

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