ATF Chief Questioned on New Gun Sales Policy

( – House Oversight Committee Chairman Jim Jordan (R-OH) wants to know what a new rule change by the ATF means for individuals who decide to sell or even consider selling one or more of their personal firearms. A letter from Jordan to ATF chief Steve Dettelbach asks for detailed explanations regarding the rule about who’s considered to be “engaged in the business” of the firearms trade. Jordan also wants to know if Dettelbach had conversations with the White House or gun control advocates before attempting to implement the new rule.

The language of the rule has been consistent since the 1980s through 2022, firearms dealers were only considered such if they regularly and consistently bought and resold weapons as a part of their typical income. In 2022, they changed the rule to include any sales primarily about deriving profit. It did have an exception for people selling personal weapons in a limited manner.

The new proposed change would remove all minimums required for the ATF to trigger its licensing requirement. The ATF could consider anyone selling any firearm “engaged in the business,” even if there wasn’t even a sale. The language is so broad that even considering selling a gun could be enough for the ATF to claim the individual needs a Federal Firearms License (FFL).

This means that individual traders at gun shows, folks looking to liquidate or trade a collection or inherited weapon, could be scrutinized for illegal activity by the federal agency.

Democrats have been open about their intentions to circumvent the Second Amendment after President Biden issued an executive order that instructed the Attorney General’s office to “move” the country “as close to universal background checks as possible” through manipulating the definition of a firearms dealer. Senate Democrats are transparent about their brazen attempt to erode gun rights.

In a letter they wrote to the ATF last November, Democratic leaders agree that a single sale could trigger federal scrutiny. Their interest in closing loopholes seems to express the obvious false premise that guns used in criminal activity are legally purchased. That is rarely the case.

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