Skip to comments.BATFE Requests “Emergency” Authority To Track Semi-Automatic Rifle Sales
Posted on 12/20/2010 9:21:16 AM PST by neverdem
|BATFE Requests Emergency
Authority To Track Semi-Automatic Rifle Sales
|Friday, December 17, 2010|
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has proposed that it be given emergency authority for six months, beginning January 5, to require about 8,500 firearms dealers along the border with Mexico to alert authorities when they sell within five consecutive business days two or more semiautomatic rifles greater than .22 caliber with detachable magazines. A Washington Post story reporting on the BATFE proposal described that definition as being applicable to so-called assault weapons, but it would also apply to many rifles that have never been labeled with that term.
The reporting requirement will apparently be imposed under the authority the BATFE has used in the past to demand reporting of other types of transactions from certain limited groups of dealers over the past 10 years, but the new proposal is far broader than any previous use of this authority. Of course, there's no law today that prevents dealers from reporting suspicious transactions (or attempted transactions) to the BATFE, and dealers often do so. The BATFE is also free to inspect dealers' sales recordseither for annual compliance inspections or during a criminal investigation.
NRA-ILAs chief lobbyist, Chris Cox, denounced the attempt to establish a registry of Americans who purchase semi-automatic rifles that gun control supporters ultimately want to see banned. "This administration does not have the guts to build a wall, but they do have the audacity to blame and register gun owners for Mexico's problems," Cox told the Post. "NRA supports legitimate efforts to stop criminal activity, but we will not stand idle while our Second Amendment is sacrificed for politics."
The Post says The plan by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives revives a proposal that has languished at the Justice Department and in the Obama administration for several months, and that the gist of the plan was proposed by Mayors Against Illegal Guns (MAIG) last year. It its August 2009 Blueprint for Federal Action on Guns, MAIG indeed proposed that ATF should identify the long guns most linked to crime and require dealers to report multiple sales of such guns.
The idea must have appealed to the BATFE, because in June of this year Congress Government Accountability Office released a report noting that BATFE officials had claimed that U.S. efforts to stop the smuggling of firearms to Mexico are hindered by a lack of required background checks for private firearms sales, and limitations on reporting requirements for multiple sales.
Curiously, in September, a draft of the Department of Justices Inspector Generals Offices unfavorable review of BATFEs Project Gunrunner, established to combat the trafficking of firearms to Mexico, didnt mention multiple sales at all. But the final version of the review, released in November, mentions multiple sales 43 times and says the lack of a reporting requirement for multiple sales of long guns which have become the cartels weapons of choice hinders ATFs ability to disrupt the flow of illegal weapons into Mexico.
Whether BATFE intends its plan as another expansion of its oft-criticized firearm sales record tracing empire, or to lay the groundwork for legislation or regulations restricting assault weapon sales, or to fatten the files the agency keeps at its National Tracing Center in West Virginia remains to be seen. And the legality of requiring sales reports on any long guns is also in doubt. When the Congress specifically imposed multiple sales reporting on handguns only, it implicitly stated its intention that the same requirement not apply to sales of long guns.
However, it is crystal clear that some in the Obama Administration agree with those who believe the answer to crime is always more gun control. In September, MAIG blamed crime in states that have strong gun laws, on states that dont have the same laws. And ever since President Obama took office, gun control supporters have been blaming Mexicos crime problem on Americas gun laws.
The fact that Mexicos multi-billion dollar drug cartels have machine guns, rocket launchers, grenades, and other potent weaponry you cannot buy in the United States is, to gun control supporters, irrelevant. The fact that most of the cartels guns have never been on this side of the U.S. border is, as far as they are concerned, a trifling inconvenience. The fact that the cartels will never have enough assault weapons or any other guns from the U.S. to hand out to all the Mexican policemen, soldiers and politicians on their payrolls, is, in their view, an unimportant detail. And the fact that the murder rate in the United States is at a 45-year low, while crime in Mexico is through the roof (the murder rate in Juarez is 115 times higher than in El Paso) is, they would certainly say, a contradiction best ignored.
To read the BATFE's Federal Register notice about the plan, and for information on how to send your comments, click here (http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/pdf/2010-31761.pdf). Comments about the proposal will be accepted for two months; if you choose to comment, please state your firm but polite opposition to the plan.
Needless to say, the NRA will not only comment, but take whatever other action is appropriate to block this sweeping expansion of federal recordkeeping on gun owners. Stay tuned.
They got thumped last November. It doesn't make much political sense to add gun control and taxes to the 2012 election issues on the agenda.
From whom did they request this authority?
Come on neverdem,
Let these horses patooties put this and every other thing they are doing or trying to do get on record so 2012 will be a watershed.
This congress will not defund the B.A.T.F. but like so many other gub mint agencies it would be good to see it gone.
I think the American people are slowly coming to understand how out of touch this baboso crowd is.
Wow, I hope their psychics are good at finding private purchases.
I think this (which has nothing to do with Mexico):
If I was going to attack the US, I would do Mumbai in New York. But it’s a long trip from Pakistan in rubber boats.
So, I would buy weapons here.
So, I do favor BATFE doing something to track acquisitions sufficient to outfit a platoon.
That doesn’t mean two ARs. If it was up to me, if you had Abu or Mohammed or Hussein in your name, you couldn’t buy matches.
Anyway, SOME awareness of LARGE orders may be necessary.
If you Feds would secure the border and then do the jobs that you are supposed to be doing... which obamao is stopping you from doing... nothing would be sneaked into or out of America.
Commies have short memories. Hopefully the new Congress will reinforce the November message by de-funding the BATF
They already are aware.
I would agree with you, but the government as of late (past 100 years) has not shown the discipline to control their "tracking efforts". You give them an inch and they take a foot.
The trick is you are there and somebody wants your "there" to be put in their pocket, so you go to the Democrats and they'll set up a "red zone" between the West Coast and the Rocky Mountains. If you fit their category for exclusion, you get excluded, or abused, or made to file reports that others aren't.
I think the Supreme Court was finally prevailed upon to rule that this sort of treatment was, in fact, in violation of the 14th Amendment's EQUAL PROTECTION clause.
Still, whatever value these zones might add the Democrats waste it all by focusing exclusively on the zone and reducing protective services elsewhere.
3 months from now: Emergency Authority To Track Semi-Automatic Rifle Sales has made a BIG dent in violence in Mexico.
(With no quantifiable data to how its Really working)
5 months from now: Its a matter of Life and Death that the Emergency Authority To Track Semi-Automatic Rifle Sales be extended.
(Accompanied by a story about how life is better in old Mexico with the ban in place and dire predictions if its not renewed)
8 months from now: Democratic lawmakers question why the: Emergency Authority To Track Semi-Automatic Rifle Sales isnt made permanent and extended over the entire country
(With more sob stories about how its made a difference still with no quantifiable data and crazy [/sarc] talk from the right about the right of self defense.)
And suddenly after the Emergency Authority is made permanent over the entire country: Emergency Authority To Track Semi-Automatic Rifle Sales hasnt curtained violence South of the border.
(With a story about how we need Emergency- Emergency Authority to track Semi-Automatic Rifle Sales more than 5 days because who need to buy more than one Semi-Automatic Rifle in the span of a month, then 6 months, then 1 year, then
. Well you get the picture.)
I agree. The penultimate goal is the control of the American people and the abridgement of their liberties. Nothing new here, except that folks are more informed of these treasonous behaviors than in previous times.
When the FedGov takes over the internet, we have lost.
My brother collects guns. He’s bought 30 or so in the last couple of years. He isn’t going to start a revolution. This is a foot in the door. I’ve bought 5 in the last two years - I live close to the border in TX, and I want enough guns I can have one close wherever I am on my property or in my car. None of your business what I buy.
I'd also like to see something on the date of last legal transfer of US sourced weapons.
(Was it stolen and then carried south, was it purchased sometime back and later migrated, or was it bought yesterday specifically to be taken south?)
I continue to believe that the vast majority of US procured arms picked up in mexico come from otherwise noncriminal citizens who went to a lot of effort to have a relative bring in a semi-auto for protection in a failed society.
An exception probably applies to body guards employed by the wealthy, mexican elites might find it necessary to buy up here although I'd expect them to have enough connections to get better arms from the same sources as the cartels.
The bad guys seem to have a fair supply of full automatics, which aren't available at the local Big-5, and they don't need onsies and twosies when they can buy all the untraceable hardware they need from sources that don't bother with any mandated reporting of sales.
The whole story about closing down the flow of US arms into mexico can only have two purposes.
First,to use as a lever in further restrictions on American gun ownership.
Second, to salve mexico's pride by pointing to the US (again) as the cause of their torment.
As an aside, even FOX is picking up on the "flood of US weapons" story line. Greta did a fairly long piece on it over the week end.
“None of your business what I buy...”
I was in Manhattan yesterday, parked across 1st Avenue from a nosque. Lots of long beards and skullcaps all around.
Suppose Hassan went to Texas or Arizona and ordered 100 AR-15s.
What do you think should happen, and who do you think should do it?
I know the dealer would report a suspicious sale. The BATF has historically trampled on the rights of law abiding citizens. Anybody with any sense would not trust them with any more authority.
This regime is unrelenting in its attack on the Second Amendment!!
We have to be as unrelenting in our defense of the Second Amendment!!
Fed.gov (ATF) probably considers anything other than a single-shot to be a machine gun!
“You give them an inch and they take a foot.”
Or a light-year!