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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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60 Minutes Showcases "Smart" Guns Technology

News  

Friday, November 6, 2015

60 Minutes Showcases "Smart" Guns Technology

You may be wondering why CBS 60 Minutes aired a segment on “smart” guns last Sunday. After all, a gun ...

Schumer Puts Military at Risk by Playing Politics with Their Sidearms

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Friday, October 30, 2015

Schumer Puts Military at Risk by Playing Politics with Their Sidearms

In 1995, Bob Dole said of Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), "[t]he most dangerous place is between him and a camera." Last ...

'Hearing Protection Act' would remove tax on firearm sound suppressors

Al.com  

Thursday, October 22, 2015

'Hearing Protection Act' would remove tax on firearm sound suppressors

A bill entitled the Hearing Protection Act would remove a $200 tax stamp requirement for gun suppressors, more commonly ...

NRA Backs Hearing Protection Act

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Thursday, October 22, 2015

NRA Backs Hearing Protection Act

NRA's support of Congressman Salmon's Hearing Protection Act safeguards hunters and shooting sports enthusiasts while exercising their Second ...

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Friday, October 16, 2015

Clinton Announces Massive Gun Control Plan

In October, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton announced her gun control plan, promising that if she’s elected, she’ll ban ...

Forbes  

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

This Revolution In Guns Is Suppressed But Nevertheless Has Expanded To 41 States

We think guns are supposed to be loud. Eardrum-damaging loud. Gunpowder-exploding-next-to-your-ear loud. Well, a lot of manufacturers are ...

'Forty percent of guns don’t go through background checks' Lie Debunked

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Wednesday, August 5, 2015

'Forty percent of guns don’t go through background checks' Lie Debunked

The claim that 40 percent of gun sales do not go through a federal background check is false ...

When Bureaucrats Make “Sport” of Fundamental Liberties, Congress Must Act

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Friday, July 31, 2015

When Bureaucrats Make “Sport” of Fundamental Liberties, Congress Must Act

In May, I discussed the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ varying interpretations of the phrase “sporting ...

Background Check Bill Seeks to Create Backdoor Gun Prohibition, While Bloomberg Group Piles On

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Friday, July 17, 2015

Background Check Bill Seeks to Create Backdoor Gun Prohibition, While Bloomberg Group Piles On

Demonstrating why he's rated an "F" by the NRA, anti-gun Representative James Clyburn (D-S.C.) on Tuesday introduced a ...

"Lawful Purpose and Self Defense Act of 2015" Introduced to Curb BATFE Abuse

Friday, June 19, 2015

"Lawful Purpose and Self Defense Act of 2015" Introduced to Curb BATFE Abuse

Chairman of the House Committee on Natural Resources Rob Bishop (R-UT) introduced H.R. 2710, the "Lawful Purpose and ...

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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.