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    NRA-ILA GRASSROOTS ALERT
    Vol. 18, No. 6 02/11/11

    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.
    To read the ATF proposal, click here
    To read the NRA’s comments, click here.
    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:
    OMB
    Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs
    Attention: Department of Justice Desk Officer
    Washington, DC 20503

    facsimile to (202)3955806.
    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.

    Barbara.Terrell@atf.gov
    Fax: (202) 648–9640



    Here is a copy of my e-mail - feel free to use it as a form if you choose.
    Barbara A. Terrell
    Firearms Industry Programs Branch
    Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives
    99 New York Avenue, N.E.
    Washington, DC 20226.
    Barbara.Terrell@atf.gov
    Fax: (202) 648–9640
    Re: “Notice of Information Collection Under Review: Report of Multiple Sale or Other Disposition of Certain Rifles. - December 17, 2010

    Dear Ms Terrell,

    This notice is to register my opposition to the proposal that would 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 to the Bureau. I do not believe that American citizens should be obligatorily reported to the government for possible investigation simply for engaging in lawful commerce based on where they live or choose to do that commerce.

    This requirement is unnecessary because firearms dealers are already free to report any suspicious purchases to BATFE that they feel is warranted, and indeed BATFE should encourage that type of action. Also there are already regulations in place that prohibit “straw man” purchases. But to require this reporting from only the four southwestern states is prejudicial and presumptuous, that lawful US citizens are causing the terrible crime & violence problems in Mexico. Further, it is my belief that this proposal is just a starting point, and that when it does not have its intended effect, it will be expanded to more and more states.

    I strongly urge you to drop this proposal. While I agree that law enforcement needs the tools necessary to keep America safe from criminals & narco-terrorism, and the violence in our southern neighbor is out of control, when crafting policy we need to be sure we are not infringing upon the protections and freedoms guaranteed in the Constitution.

    Sincerely, .
    Last edited by BrianW; 02-13-2011 at 08:41 AM. Reason: added fax number
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    Just in case some of you here feel that this can't be THAT big of a deal, there can't be too many people, deals, or guns affected.
    OMB, through the Federal Register, estimates that will be
    (5) An estimate of the total number of respondents and the amount of time estimated for an average respondent to respond: There will be an estimated 50,000 respondents, who will take 30 minutes to comply with the required information.
    (6) An estimate of the total burden (in hours) associated with the collection: There are an estimated 25,000 total burden hours associated with this collection.
    If you're a small business owner, would you want that imposed on your industry's lawful commerce?
    And this is just the gunshops.
    How much time & money are the Feds going to need to do their part of the job?
    "It's not that government is inherently stupid, although that's a debatable question."
    Rand Paul CPAC speech 2011

    I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than to those attending too small a degree of it. Thomas Jefferson to Archibald Stuart, 1791
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