Tags: Gun Rights | GOP | Diane Black | Ted Poe | ATF

GOP to ATF: Stop Questions to Gun Buyers on Race, Ethnicity

By    |   Friday, 24 Apr 2015 12:31 PM

Asserting that the government has no legitimate reason to require firearms purchasers to disclose their race or ethnicity, two Republican lawmakers have introduced legislation to bar the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) from doing so in the future.

"Law abiding citizens should never have to play 20 questions with Uncle Sam just to access their fundamental right to keep and bear arms. As a gun owner myself, I know that this is not only a Second Amendment concern, but also a privacy concern. The government has no legitimate reason to collect this information in the first place," said Tennessee Rep. Diane Black, who has reintroduced the FIREARM (Freedom From Intrusive Regulatory Enforcement of Arbitrary Registration Mandates) Act.

"This requirement by the ATF is another example how this administration continually makes it harder for law-abiding citizens to possess firearms," added Rep. Ted Poe, who echoed Black's assertion that mandating new gun buyers to submit such information to the ATF is "completely unnecessary" and simply intended to punish the purchasers.

The focus of the bill is on a requirement contained on the application Form 4473, which must be filled out by all new gun buyers or those transferring guns to other individuals, that individuals disclose their race and ethnic background. If purchasers fail to comply, penalties could be assessed, the lawmakers say.

The bill, which has 11 co-sponsors, was introduced in the House Judiciary Committee, according to Fox News.

Black believes it is important to reintroduce the bill because the ATF disclosure requirements also run afoul with the government's commitment to being colorblind.

"Why does it make a difference what my race is, as long as I'm a law-abiding citizen?" asked Black, in an interview with The Hill. "The government should be colorblind on all of our rights, whether it's the right to religion, or guns, or freedom of speech."

Michael Hammond of the Gun Owners of America was even more frank. "Am I accusing the ATF of racism? You're absolutely right I am," he told The Hill.

While the form has included a question about race since 1968, the ATF amended it in 2001 to include a separate question about ethnicity.

A further amendment was made in 2012, according to the ATF, in response to requirements issued by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) "regarding the format in which government forms ask about race and ethnicity."

The Bureau maintains that it "does not, and never has, maintained an archive or other information repository on the race or ethnicity of firearm purchasers or licensees," and "does not aggregate or centralize the demographic information contained on the form."

However, the ATF does "inspect" information about race and ethnicity for "limited regulatory or law enforcement functions, specifically during inspections, and in the course of investigations."

Second Amendment advocates believe the motives of the ATF are not so benign and reflect another example of the Obama administration's hostility toward gun owners.

"This is yet another instance of the Obama administration looking to use its executive powers to impede law abiding citizens from exercising their Second Amendment rights," Jennifer Baker, a spokeswoman for the National Rifle Association, tells The Washington Free Beacon.

In addition to pursuing more restrictions on the sale of weapons and stronger background check requirements, the Obama administration in February tried to ban the sale of AR-15 ammunition, according to the New Orleans Times-Picayune.

© 2017 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

 
1Like our page
2Share
US
Asserting that the government has no legitimate reason to require firearms purchasers to disclose their race or ethnicity, two Republican lawmakers have introduced legislation to bar the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) from doing so in the future.
GOP, Diane Black, Ted Poe, ATF
571
2015-31-24
Friday, 24 Apr 2015 12:31 PM
Newsmax Inc.
 

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
© Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved