A collection of lawmakers signed a letter to the directors of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Office of Management and Budget. The letter expresses concerns over the Obama Administration’s desire to collect even more data on law-abiding gun owners.
We write to you to express our objections to potential approval by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ (ATF) proposed information collection requiring federally licensed firearm dealers to report the sales of two or more semiautomatic rifles to the same customer within a five-day period.
Current law does not limit the purchase of rifles or shotguns. Only handguns are allowed to be tracked in this manner by current law.
..ATF does not have the authority to collect this data. Fedearl firearms statute clearly limits multiple sales report requirements to “pistols, or revolvers” (18 USC 923(g)(3)(A))..
Certainly this regulation would create even more of a hurdle for legal gun ownership. One more hurdle that someone might just give up rather than crawl over, but what about the fact that ATF is already over-burdened?
The most serious concern is the absolute end-around of Congress. This regulation is unsupported by current law. ATF and OMB do not have the authority to create new laws and unless Congress creates legislation allowing the tracking of multiple rifle purchases, this is plainly and simply unconstitutional.