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Friday, June 12, 2015

Federal Bill Targets BATFE Abuses

A measure aimed at limiting the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives from using executive overreach to undermine the Second Amendment is receiving wholehearted NRA support.

H.R. 2710, introduced by Rep. Rob Bishop, R-Utah, would eliminate BATFE's authority to reclassify popular rifle ammunition as "armor-piercing ammunition;” provide for the lawful importation of any non-National Firearms Act firearm or ammunition that may otherwise be lawfully possessed and sold within the United States; protect shotguns, shotgun shells and larger-caliber rifles from arbitrary classification as "destructive devices" which, under federal law, subjects them to onerous registration and taxation provisions and creates a ban on possession of the firearm in some states; and broaden the temporary interstate transfer provision to allow temporary transfers for all lawful purposes rather than just for "sporting purposes."

With more than a year left until President Barack Obama leaves office, such a law would greatly benefit law-abiding gun owners.