Federal lawmakers are backing lawsuits against the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) following the introduction of new gun registration requirements in several border states. The lawsuits, supported by the National Rifle Association, aim to stop the ATF from compelling firearms sellers to report multiple purchases.
“The ATF has no authority to track the purchases of law-abiding gun owners and the Second Amendment Task Force applauds the lawsuit to stop this effort,” Georgia Republican Rep. Paul Broun told The Daily Caller. The task force is a 13-member, bipartisan group of lawmakers established in 2009. Broun is its co-chair.
Last Thursday, the nation’s most powerful gun lobby helped file lawsuits in several of those border states. Now, congressmen are rallying behind the suits and calling for the ATF to stand down or face financial penalties.
While the NRA attempts to halt ATF’s new requirements with a lawsuit, Broun said his task force has already laid the groundwork to curb the ATF’s budget. In February, Montana Republican Rep. Denny Rehberg and Oklahoma Democrat Rep. Dan Boren successfully amended the 2012 Commerce, Justice and Science House Appropriations bill to prevent the ATF from using federal funds to carry out the new requirements.