NRA To Sue Feds Over ATF Intimidation Of Gun Sellers
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Paul Joseph Watson
Wednesday, August 3, 2011
The NRA is set to file a lawsuit challenging a federal “regulation” that requires gun merchants to report sales of more than one firearm directly to the ATF, a policy that is being enforced by harassment and intimidation of gun owners despite the fact that language codifying the measure was rejected by Congress back in April.
“The N.R.A. is bringing the lawsuit in the name of two firearms dealers in Arizona. Its draft complaint, a copy of which was obtained by The New York Times, asks a federal judge in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia to issue an injunction barring enforcement of the rule by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives,” reports the New York Times.
“N.R.A. has always viewed this as a blatant attempt by the Obama administration to pursue their gun-control agenda through back-door rule making, and the N.R.A. will fight them every step of the way,” said Wayne LaPierre, the executive vice president of the gun-rights group.
The new regulation, which comes into force from August 14, requires all gun sellers in border states to report sales of more than one firearm directly to the ATF within 48 hours. Although reports have focused on high-powered semi-automatic weapons, the ATF letter sent to gun merchants also orders firearms dealers to report to the feds sales of “two or more pistols or revolvers, or any combination of pistols or revolvers totaling two or more.”
The new policy is already being enforced through harassment and intimidation, despite the fact that the language that would have codified it into law was removed entirely from a bill Congress voted on back in April.
As we reported on Friday, the policy goes way beyond merely sending “demand letters” ordering gun retailers to comply. Firearms merchants have been ordered to spy on their customers by the ATF. Customers who purchased more than one firearm have also been the victims of intimidating home visits by federal agents.