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Most of them?

ATF wants to know what regulations should be modified or repealed. Says the Trace, with much butthurt:

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is polling outside interest groups about what gun regulations to eliminate following an edict from the Trump administration to cut government red tape.

In three closed-door meetings held in May and June, top ATF officials separately asked firearms-industry leaders, law enforcement officials, and representatives from gun-violence prevention groups what current regulations could be eliminated without risking public safety, according to attendees who went to one or more of the meetings.

An agenda for a May 22 meeting with gun-industry leaders, obtained by The Trace, asked attendees to consider three questions: what impact current regulations have on gun-violence prevention; what regulations need to be repealed, replaced, or modified, and what regulations are outdated.

We could repeal quite a few without thinking much about it.

16 Responses to “Most of them?”

  1. Lyle Says:

    All of them? Anyway; there’s not a whole lot of important stuff (like repeal the NFA, the liquor tax or the tobacco, tax for example) that the ATF could do without Congress, but they could do some.

    The main thing is to get things moving, and keep them moving, in the right direction, which of course is away from an interventionist system of government and toward liberty.

    Trump could, single handedly I believe, move the ATF back to Treasury, thus at least giving a nod to the original excuse for the Bureau, which was that it was a tax collecting entity (as opposed to a federal police force). He could then appoint John Ross as its director and Ted Nugent as its Deputy Director, so as to oversee the dissolution of the firearms and explosives branch.

  2. rickn8or Says:

    Notice who didn’t get asked…

    The first thing that comes to mind is eliminating the pre-NICS prohibition on selling handguns to non-state resident customers.

  3. LucusLoC Says:

    Easy answer: All of them.

    Realistic answer: most of the crazy rules associated with SBS/SBR. The ATF may not have the authority to deregulate them, but is does have the authority to interpret the law and write rules. They could interpret them to means something as narrow as possible, giving maximum leeway to people to innovate in that space.

  4. Tasso Rampante Says:

    Simple: target shooting is a sporting purpose. Boom.

  5. Pete Says:

    Don’t prevent something from being imported if it’s legal to manufacture and sell it in the US.

  6. Mike M. Says:

    Regulations or laws? ATF is stuck in the unenviable position of enforcing laws that really don’t make sense given modern technology.

    Of the regulations…I’d start doing NFA transfers for repeat purchasers on a NICS check. No, this doesn’t eliminate the Form 4 rigamarole…but there is no LAW that says ATF has to do anything with it.

    Deep-sixing the points system for pistol imports would also be good. Especially for C&R items.

  7. Fred Says:

    I’m still checking my dictionary for the meaning of “shall not be infringed.” It’s a tough one alright.

  8. Tim Says:

    Too bad we don’t have a legislative process for enacting specific laws. Instead, we have to form secret, exclusive meetings with people more important than you to figure it all out.

  9. 1 With A Bullet Says:

    “ATF officials separately asked firearms-industry leaders, law enforcement officials, and representatives from gun-violence prevention groups”

    It’s concerning that ‘law enforcement officials’ might mean police chiefs many of which are liberal appointees and ‘gun-violence prevention groups’ probably means Bloomberg funded anti-rights groups. I would hope that at least the manufacturers would be open to fewer restrictions. We need the NRA and SAF at the table.

    Of course doing away with NFA, the ’68 laws, the 13% excise tax, Hughes amendment, etc would be well and just, sadly we’ll not be ordering Colt Thompson SMG’s by mail order again. I’ll still work for whatever we can get back.

  10. 1 With A Bullet Says:

    One more thought: for starters ATF could just roll back their own policy change of 41P (enforced as law) and reignite the suppressor industry.

  11. mikee Says:

    What impact current regulations have on gun-violence prevention: None, none at all, per the CDC.

    What regulations need to be repealed, replaced, or modified: Repeal the Gun Control Act of 1968 and its 1986 amendments.

    What regulations are outdated: NFA. Turning money into noise many times with just one pull of the trigger shouldn’t be criminal.

  12. Jay Hafemeister Says:

    USPSA/IDPA/3-Gun are sporting purposes.

  13. Ron W Says:

    @Fred, that’s the definitive NO to the government lest it not understand it has NO delegated powers for any gun laws pertaining to the People, without which it may do NOTHING. (10th Amendment)

  14. Lyle Says:

    “Laissez-nous faire!”

  15. PT Says:

    Why couldn’t a NICS check and an electronic form 4 work for NFA transfers? Get your photo and prints done at the gun shop, run them electronically through the NICS system, pay the dealer $200, and have him slap a stamp on your form he just printed out.

    No, too easy.

  16. Paul Koning Says:

    The answer is simple. ALL of them. While perhaps a few alcohol ones could be justified by the 21st amendment, that seems to be quite a stretch.
    As for “the ATF can’t do much because of laws”, not so. First of all, if it’s not constitutional it is not a law (Marbury v. Madison). Second, Federal officials are bound under oath to protect and defend the Constitution. This means it’s not just their authority but in fact their duty to disregard anything that pretends to be a law but violates the Constitution.
    A good start would be an executive order directing the doors to be closed and locked.