After the Obama Administrations botched Operation Fast & Furious became a public scandal, the ATF issued their Demand Letter 3 which required all gun stores in the US-Mexico border states to report any multiple legal sale of certain guns. Rep. Evan Jenkins (R-WV) has introduced HR 1976 (Protecting the Second Amendment) to reverse Demand Letter 3 due to it’s unfair geographic requirement.
Gun control advocates are still feeling blowback from the scandalous Fast and Furious gunwalking scheme, six years after the story broke. In response to the scandal, Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) recently introduced the Protecting the Second Amendment Act in the U.S. Congress. The bill, H.R. 1976, would bar the federal government from requiring gun store owners to report the sales of multiple rifle or shotgun sales to the same person “based on the geographic location” in which the store is located.
The Protecting the Second Amendment Act is aimed at rolling back ATF Demand Letter 3 and to deter future Administrations from engaging in the sort of behavior that Obama’s ATF dabbled in during his first term. Demand Letter 3 requires gun stores located in the southwest border states (Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California,) to report to the ATF any occasions where a person legally purchases two or more “semi-automatic rifles capable of accepting a detachable magazine and with a caliber greater than .22 (including .223/5.56 caliber).”
The Obama Administration engineered support for this rule via its 2009 Fast and Furious program, which encouraged gun stores in the border states to sell rifles to members of Mexican drug cartels…
To be honest, the federal government has no legal right to collect any gun registration information at all. Tobacco and alcohol kill more people in the US than guns do, but no one has to register or fill out a form every time they purchase any alcohol or tobacco. It’s not about cutting crime, but all about knowing who has how many guns, which is really none of their business.