Members of Congress claim the proposed rule is unconstitutional and that ATF broke the Administrative Procedures Act by refusing to accept physical petitions.
Close to three dozen members of Congress have signed two letters expressing concerns over a proposed rule by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) to redefine what constitutes dealing in firearms.
Rep. Bob Good (R-Va.), author of one of the letters and co-signer on the other, is concerned that the proposed rule change is “even more radical than progressive gun groups were lobbying for.”
An ATF spokesperson did not respond to telephone calls and emails from The Epoch Times seeking comment on the letters.
In his letter, sent on Dec. 7, the last day of the public comment period, Mr. Good warns ATF Director Steven Dettelbach that the proposed rule is an unconstitutional overreach by the agency.
“The ATF is using the [Bipartisan Safer Communities Act] BSCA to substantially revise all regulations governing who and what constitutes a “dealer” and how such dealers may conduct business. This proposal…
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