The NRA-ILA sent this out this evening urging everyone to comment on the proposal to require FFL’s in the Southwest border states to report multiple purchases of semi-automatic rifles in a caliber greater than .22 and which have a detachable magazine.
Act Immediately to Block ATF Long Gun Sales Reporting!
Thursday, February 10, 2011
If you’re one of the nearly 71 million Americans who live in the four southwest border states, some of your gun purchases could soon be reported to the federal government. And whether you live in one of those states or elsewhere, your help is needed now to stop the federal government’s plan to register Americans’ gun purchases.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is demanding the authority to require all of the 8,500 firearm dealers in California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas to report all sales of two or more semiautomatic rifles within five consecutive business days, if the rifles are larger than .22 caliber and use detachable magazines. For example, a dealer would have to tell the government every time a deer hunter in Sacramento or Amarillo finds a good deal on a pair of semi-auto .30-06s like the popular Remington 7400.
The ATF has no legal authority to demand these reports, and the flood of new paperwork will waste scarce law enforcement resources that should be spent on legitimate investigations.
Unfortunately, there are only a few days left to comment on this proposal. Comments will be accepted until Monday, February 14. Every concerned gun owner’s voice should be heard on this critically important issue.
Please send your comments today. Be sure to refer to the December 17, 2010 “Notice of Information Collection Under Review: Report of Multiple Sale or Other Disposition of Certain Rifles.” You can submit your comments to:
Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs
Attention: Department of Justice Desk Officer
Washington, DC 20503
Please send a copy of your comments to:
Barbara A. Terrell
Firearms Industry Programs Branch
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives
99 New York Avenue, N.E.
Washington, DC 20226.
Fax: (202) 648–9640
You don’t need to reinvent the wheel with your own comments. The NRA’s comments can be found here. While their comments are nine pages long, you can take one or two items that you wish to emphasize and go from there. There is nothing wrong with a little cutting and pasting. That is the beauty of word processing software.
Earlier this week, Gunleaders.com reported that during the original comment period ATF received only 9 comments in favor of the proposal were received as compared to hundreds in opposition. They also have a copy of the letter they sent which is less comprehensive than the NRA’s letter. You may prefer to use their comments as the starting point for your comments.