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Thread: URGENT ACTION needed to stop BATFE! This cannot wait. PLEASE ACT TODAY.

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    URGENT ACTION needed to stop BATFE! This cannot wait. PLEASE ACT TODAY.

    Greetings all,

    Most of you already know, BATFE is trying to implement a "short term" registration scheme for 'certain semi automatic rifles' as described here:

    This was posted 12/17/2010, and BATFE is asking for approval by 01/05/2011. We do not have much time and the reg. was pulled from so there is no "online commenting" ability for this action. I would suggest we all need to move very quickly on this.

    To log your comments on the proposed registration, you MUST use one of 3 options.
    1: Fax your comments to (202) 648-9640
    2: email your comments to:
    3: Mail your comments via USPS to:

    Firearms Industry Programs Branch, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives
    99 New York Avenue, NE.
    Washington DC 20226
    Attn.: Barbara Terrell Re: FR Doc. 2010–31761

    Please do one or more as time permits.

    Here are some suggested comments, please feel free to modify, distribute, and socialize these and any other comments opposing this regulation. Or, you may simply "cut & paste" them into an email.

    I am writing to oppose the so called emergency regulation to register multiple sales of certain rifles with BATFE as described in FR Doc. 2010–31761 from the 12/17/2010 Federal Register.

    This regulation is both illegal and unnecessary. Further there is no justification for any "emergency" implementation as reported by the Washington Post:

    White House delayed rule meant to stop gun flow to Mexico, Washington Post, Dec. 17, 2010, On-line edition
    ( ).

    * The regulation proposed is outside the statutory grant of authority to record information about multiple sales of firearms. Title 18 U.S.C. 923(g)(3)(A) specifically grants the authority to collect multiple sale information on handguns and revolvers. Other firearms are excluded and there is no implied authority to extend this reporting requirement to rifles or any other type of firearm.

    * "FFL" holders are already required by law to respond to BATFE requests for information on firearms distribution pursuant to criminal investigations:
    Titile 18 U.S.C. 923(g)(7).

    * The regulation contains no provision for the destruction of information collected, which establishes a nationwide registry of "certain types of firearms" as proposed. Because of this the regulation as proposed is illegal under Title 18 U.S.C. 926(a). "No such rule or regulation ... may require that records required to be maintained under this chapter or any portion of the contents of such records, be recorded at or transferred to a facility owned, managed, or controlled by the United States or any State or any political subdivision thereof, nor that any system of registration of firearms, firearms owners, or firearms transactions or disposition be established."

    There is a grave potential for this regulation to unduly burden citizens who are collectors or must obtain purchase permits at the local or state level to possess firearms. The proposed regulation does not say what the agency intends to do with the information but ostensibly it would be for criminal investigations. Subjecting law abiding gun owners to this type of investigation under the guise of "information collection" is an overt attempt to prevent them from exercising their 2nd Amendment rights to purchase and own firearms.

    * This regulatory action has not allowed the public sufficient time to comment.

    This regulatory action should not be approved.

    Best regards,
    Last edited by Vanns40; 12-20-2010 at 03:34 PM.

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    more time needed

    Once you've commented please hit up your congressional delegation too and tell them to write a letter to ATF demanding a full comment period for this regulation.

    Remember in 2008, it was only one congressional letter which re-opened the closed comment period for the NPS self defense ban

    Remember the comment period closed and we had easily won. At that point we were up 3 to 1 for our side. Then, one gun hating US Representative got NPS to "re-open" the comment period.

    This is no different. Have them write a letter demanding ATF open the regulation for a full comment period, or withdraw it.

    Very short, very simple.

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