"Holder voices concerns about current rules on gun-buy records
By Associated Press
5:42 PM EDT, April 23, 2009
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration may seek to reduce legal limits on sharing gun-purchase data, Attorney General Eric Holder told Congress Thursday.
Holder said at a congressional hearing that the so-called Tiahrt amendment — the subject of a years-long fight between opponents and supporters of gun control — may limit evidence-sharing by state and local authorities.
"We are concerned about the impact the amendment has had on the ability to share information that is needed by state and local authorities," Holder said, though he added he wanted to make sure that increased information-sharing does "not put anybody at risk."
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a national gun control advocate, has long urged Congress to abolish the Tiahrt amendment. Gun rights advocates say the legislation only prevents frivolous lawsuits against gunmakers, and the further spread of such information may compromise police investigations.
The attorney general said the Obama administration has not yet come to a firm conclusion on the Tiahrt amendment, but suggested they should sit down and talk with groups like the National Rifle Association to try to find areas of agreement.
"Too often there's shouting at each other without any kind of meaningful dialogue," Holder told a House Appropriations subcommittee.
The Tiahrt amendment, named after Rep. Todd Tiahrt, R-Kan., limits the authority of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to disclose gun-trace data to the public and requires that certain records submitted to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System be destroyed after 24 hours."
If you haven't contacted your officials about this, I seriously suggest you do - because it's gathering steam. Pete