Skip to comments.Obama administration seeks more comments on rifle sale plan
Posted on 05/02/2011 11:48:04 AM PDT by neverdem
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Obama administration on Friday will seek another round of comments on its controversial proposal to require gun dealers in four states on the U.S.-Mexico border to report the sale of multiple rifles.
In a bid to curb the flow of guns into Mexico, where drug cartels have waged deadly wars to protect their business, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) has sought to tighten reporting requirements in Arizona, Texas, New Mexico and California.
Under the proposal, dealers would have to report sales of two or more rifles to the same person at one time or during any five business days if the rifles are semi-automatic, with a caliber greater than .22 and detachable magazines.
The proposal will be published in the government's Federal Register on Friday seeking comments for 30 days, according to a copy obtained by Reuters on Thursday.
It was first published in December and had a 60-day comment period that garnered almost 13,000 responses. About 30 percent opposed the reporting requirement and 70 percent favored it, ATF said.
The second round of comment is typical for new regulations, according to ATF, and no substantive changes were made. After reviewing the new comments submitted, the proposal...
ATF has denied such an effort, saying the records would be stored for two years and then disposed of if not used by investigators...
An NRA spokesman said the recent controversy over an ATF undercover operation that may have allowed weapons to be sold to the drug cartels undermined the agency's credibility and would reverse support for the reporting demand.
"Going forth with this program while they were selling guns to known drug cartel members and asking shops to do so I think calls their credibility into question," said NRA spokesman Andrew Arulanandam...
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Sniper rifles are really scary. Some can reach over two miles. That’s just rumor though.
Are they STILL pushing the belief that a sale of TWO rifles per five business days is a problem when the ATF was okaying (and doing NOTHING about) sales of DOZENS of rifles to suspected straw buyers?
When will the regime tighten border security in Arizona, Texas, New Mexico and California?
Yhe jack-booted thugs of the ATF have blood all over their hands!
How about the Feds selling weapons to the Mexican gov, which are then passed on to the cartels due to rampart defections? Doesn’t that count? Bastards
Let’s be reasonable, there were quite a few who were quite uncomfortable at what was going on and some of them decided that they could no longer keep quiet and spilled the beans on Holder and his bunch.
Some, but that is a problem with the Mexican government, not the US or any of our policies. We have been selling the Mexican government guns for decades.
What I’m saying is that a lot of these guns used by the cartel comes from the Mexican gov., not dealers along the border.
A bunch of them do, but as I said, that is not a problem caused by Obama or any US policy. That is simply a problem with Mexico’s corrupt government.
The problem is Zero and his administration is trying to place the blame on the gun dealers along the border in order to advance gun control.
The Gun Walker scandal has made a mockery of them trying to blame dealers when it was obviously the dealers who were calling the ATF for assurance that it was okay to sell that shady character 25 semi auto AK-47s.