Aiming High: Bills To Repeal ATF & NFA Proposed

Eric Scheiner | January 25, 2023
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Republican in the House have recently put forth two measures that could have a direct impact on the power of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

On Tuesday, freshman Republican Congressman Eric Burlison (R-MO) introduced his first bill in Congress, the “Repeal the NFA Act.”

The bill aims to repeal a 1934 law that taxes the manufacturing and sale of certain guns and requires owners to register those guns. Under the measure Americans pay a $200 tax, register, and undergo an application process to own certain firearms and accessories. 

In a press release Burlison said:

“The federal government has used the National Firearms Act for almost a century to violate law-abiding citizens’ Second Amendment rights. The recent ATF pistol brace rule is just another example of these blatant attacks on the constitutional rights of Americans. The ATF-NFA sham needs to end.

“The Repeal the NFA Act will strip the ATF of its authority to criminalize lawful gun owners and will undo nearly 90 years of assault on fundamental freedoms. I’m proud to stand with and support Americans nationwide as we take this issue head-on.”

The Justice Department recently claimed that pistol-stabilizing braces that effectively convert pistols into short-barreled rifles will be covered by existing regulations for rifles in the National Firearms Act.

Burlison’s measure follows Rep. Matt Gaetz's (R-FL)  recently proposed legislation to completely scrap the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

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“The continued existence of the ATF is increasingly unwarranted based on their repeated actions to convert law-abiding citizens into felons. They must be stopped. My bill today would abolish the ATF once and for all,” Gaetz said in a statement.

Both measures are a long shot to overcome a Democrat majority in the Senate, but any debate on the issue should be interesting.

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