Skip to comments.ATF Commerce in Firearms PDF Report (The War on the 2nd Amendment in the ATF's Own Words)
Posted on 02/08/2007 6:58:20 PM PST by Copernicus
ATF Commerce in Firearms PDF Report
The Gun Control Act of 1968 established the first comprehensive Federal licensing system for importers, manufacturers and dealers in firearms to the retail level. That system requires licensees to maintain detailed records on transactions in firearms, and subjects their business premises to inspection by the ATF.
From 1968 to 1993, THE PROCESS TO OBTAIN A FEDERAL FIREARMS LICENSE WAS OVERLY SIMPLE. (emphasis added)
The annual fee WAS ONLY $10 for a license that authorized the person to ship, transport and receive firearms in interstate commerce and engage in retail sales. The statue required ATF to issue a license within 45 days to anyone who was 21 years old, had premises from which they intended to conduct business and who otherwise was not prohibited from possessing firearms.
The statute was designed TO LIMIT THE DISCRETION OF ATF IN DENYING LICENSES.
Over time the numbers of licensees began to swell until 1992 when the numbers reached over 284,000...............
In 1993, Congress increased the license application fee to $200 for three years.
Again, in 1994, Congress imposed requirements that applicants submit photographs and fingerprints to better enable ATF to identify applicants and new criteria that ensures that the business to be conducted would comply with all applicable State and local laws.....
From 1975 to 1992 the licensee population grew from 161,927 to 284,117...........
In 1993 and 1994, Congress added several safeguards to ensure only legitimate gun dealers obtain Federal licenses, including increased fees and certification requirements.
Following the ATF's implementation of those provisions the number of Federal firearms licensees DROPPED FROM 284,117 IN 1992 TO 103,942 IN 1999. OF THESE 80,570 ARE RETAIL DEALERS OR PAWNBROKERS.
Freepers may wish to meditate on the notion that there are approximately 104 thousand individuals who stand between liberty and tyranny.
How has it come to this in just one generation?
You may wish to "stock up before the hoarders arrive". (Old depression era joke)
Best regards to all
You might find this report to be of some interest.
I won't be surprised to wake up one day to learn that only the ATF can sell guns.
It appears to conveniently leave out the ENTIRE 1990's. Could it be they're ashamed of instigating the bogus raid with the falsified search warrant, that led to the unwarranted conflagration that killed great numbers of innocent men, women, and children?
That couldn't possible be the reason the 90's were left out, could it?
You, my freind, appear to be drinking the tasty koolaid the ATF and other anti-gun groups are handing out. Your statement is just as ridiculous as those that tried to get yet more Draconian gun control passed in the name of national security after documents were SUPPOSEDLY found in an Al Qaida training manual telling Jihadist's to buy guns at American gun shows.
The attempted anti-gun scare tactic went further, with the anti-gun WHACKOs saying that terrorists wanted to buy .50 caliber semi-auto weapons and use them to take out our infrastructure, airplanes, etc. (the RINO Kalifornia governor bit on this TRIPE and banned them, and the anti-gun likes of RINO-rudy would do the same on a national level, if given the chance).
ALL TOTAL B.S.
It was around this time that an ENTIRE SHIP, heading to Yassir Arafat's Palestinian Authority, was intercepted and FIFTY THOUSAND TONS of all sorts of military arms were seized!
To think Muslim extremists are shopping at U.S. gun shops or gun shows is LUDICROUS, and even if they WERE, there would be little more threat to the general population than, say, the gang bangers that already endanger citizens in most any big city in the country.
Whether the enemy is gangbangers, terrorists, or an out of control government, law-abiding citizens MUST be able to keep and bear arms in their own defense, as enumerated in the 2nd Amendment.
I know what LOL is, but I have to claim ignorance as to what "BTTT" means.
Can you help me out?
I'm a novice myself, but here goes:
BTTT means: Bump To The Top (of the ping list)
ASC liked your post, and put it on his ping list by replying to it.
Hope that helps (and is correct).
A ping list is a bunch of folks you want to ping.
The 'My Comments' page accessed by the 'Pings' link is what I meant. Sorry for the confusion.
Somebody (a president, most likely) needs to give the bureaucracy an attitude adjustment.
Its mission should be DEFENDING the 2A, not infringing it!
Imagine if they were given the mission of helping arms dealers set up their business, and helping them understand and comply with the law, and helping them find and access supplies of arms and ammo, and...you get the idea.
Instead we have some power-hungry, authority-grabbing, turf-expanding bureaucracy. Which is, of course, the natural state for such things.
In Texas we can trade guns as we see fit. I don't know how it works in other states. I guess you'd probably have to show identification if you bought one in a store, but I can't swear to it as I've never done that.
But anyone with a lathe can still make them....
Do you have any evidence whatsoever that the people with FFLs who do not engage in storefront sales are harming anyone in any fashion whatsoever (aside from making Brady et al. nervous, of course)?
Giuliani's fault < /S >
Curio and relic licenses. class 3. The government created it in 1968. You can't sell with it.
I always translate it as boy thats the truth.