ATF Gutted – Big Win For The 2nd Amendment!

Representative Andrew Clyde (R-GA) discussed his intentions to file a resolution Thursday to render the ATF’s regulation regarding universal background checks “no force or effect” in an exclusive interview with Breitbart News.

On August 31, 2023, Breitbart News reported that the ATF had announced the proposed regulation. The regulation’s definition of “involved in the business of selling weapons” expands the situations where an unlicensed seller, such as a private individual, is required to use the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) when selling or transferring a gun.

Due to wording changes, there is now ambiguity in the ATF rule regarding the distinction between private firearm sales and those made by FFL holders. By adding ambiguity to the equation, we are requiring all sellers to demonstrate that they are not in it for the money, lest we demand that they verify the buyer’s NICS status before they can legally own the gun.

Based on the question of whether private sellers earn a “profit” from selling their firearms, the regulation alters the terminology to require a background check even when bartering for a gun. Looking at the ATF’s expansion of point-of-sale background checks begins at the final paragraph of page 26 and continues into the first paragraph of page 27 of the rule: “If these terms are defined to encompass any form of payment for a firearm, it would make it clear that people cannot get around the licensing requirement by doing things like bartering, offering, or receiving services in return for firearms with the main goal of making money, even if no money changes hands.”

The ATF regulation even mandates that gun traffickers use the background check system, as pointed out by Breitbart News.

Rep. Clyde is actively working to veto the regulation. “Thus, the rule submitted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, Department of Justice, relating to ”Definition of ‘Engaged in the Business’ as a Dealer in Firearms,'” he writes in his resolution, adding that “such rule shall have no force or effect.”

What Clyde told Breitbart News:

“The Biden administration repeatedly uses its rule-making power to violate Americans’ inherent right to bear arms.” The ATF’s ‘involved in the business’ regulation is President Biden’s most recent attempt to violate Americans’ Second Amendment rights, further the Left’s extreme goal on gun control, and create universal background checks. No one has the right to impose unlawful red tape on law-abiding people who want to buy or sell guns. This includes unelected anti-gun bureaucrats. I want my House and Senate colleagues to back our resolution to reverse the ATF’s catastrophic regulation.

He went on to say:

“No one has the right to make legitimate gun sales unlawful by forcing ordinary people to comply with the unconstitutional requirements imposed by unelected anti-gun bureaucrats. Congress has to act quickly in response to the ATF’s troubling trend of criminalizing the American people for exercising their unalienable right to keep and bear guns. To prevent the Biden administration’s evil overreach and the execution of this illegal, complicated, and onerous rule, my bill offers a straightforward solution—the protection of Americans’ Second Amendment rights.”

86 Republicans have joined Clyde in sponsoring this proposal.

Author: Blake Ambrose

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5 thoughts on “ATF Gutted – Big Win For The 2nd Amendment!”

  1. To date this is a Proposal even though 86 Republicans have joined Clyde in sponsoring.
    Clyde wants his House and Senate colleagues to back the Republicans resolution to reverse the ATF’s catastrophic Unconstitutional regulation. These reg’s are imposed by Unelected anti-gun Bureaucrats.

  2. Our liberal left continues to make every effort to undermine the 2nd Amendment. There is a reason the 2nd Amendment is a vital part of our Constitution, and these reasons are now coming to the surface over 200 years later. The left is afraid, and as long as the 2nd Amendment remains “in tact”, their plans for the insertion of Socialistic trends and ultimate Communism are blocked, somewhat. Organizations, such as the ATF, have merely become the intimidating “strongarms” for our corrupted government officials, and they make every effort to utilize it to its utmost advantage. Enough is enough. We need to do away with the ATF. In my opinion, they serve no worthwhile purpose. Prior to 1972, we didn’t seem to have any problems. Why don’t we go back 50 years in our thinking and I think we will find America was a much safer place.

  3. Democrats own guns but Republicans can’t ?Democrats are evil little socialist brown shirts peons for Obama to destroy America. Never give up your guns to a dictator because they will use their own guns against you if you disagree with him.

  4. RULES! NOT LAWS! Rules made by the (democrat) Marxist Unelected pieces of shit need to All Be FIRED! At the Wall, with LEAD! You Un American Marxist democrat pos have been for 75+ years doing about everything you can to DESTROY THE REPUBLIC OF THE “United States of America”! Your control of the American People is sorely needed to fucken End!

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