Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) alongside 11 Democrats wrote to Joe Biden, pressuring him to appoint a permanent director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). They demanded that the director should be committed to fulfilling the ATF’s mandate of protecting communities from “gun violence.”
Among the issues highlighted by the Democrats include preventing the proliferation of “ghost guns,” imposing new requirements requiring FFLs for gun dealers, mandatory background checks, and modernizing, strengthening, and prioritizing oversight of the gun industry.
Additionally, the Senators requested that the new director must force FFLs to notify the Department of Justice every time they complete a sale when a background check was initiated but not completed.
Ordinarily, a background check must complete within three business days, failure to which the FFL is allowed to complete the transfer. This provision ensures that Americans are not arbitrarily denied their second amendment rights for reasons beyond their control.
However, the anti-gun community refers to this provision as the “Charleston Loophole.” Biden promised to extend the period to ten days while others like House Majority Whip Rep. Jim Clyburn sponsored HR 1112 to “close the gap” during the 116th legislative session.
The gun-grabbers also requested that the new director should disseminate “robust statistical data” and “share information about gun trafficking and the source of crime guns.”
Democrats are relentless in trying to access ATF data, including the trace data, which is not designed for public consumption. Obtaining that information would give them a valuable propaganda tool to market gun control.
The legislators want an anti-Gun ATF director who would advance the Left’s assault on Americans’ constitutional rights. The ATF has always been anti-2A but abstained from aggressively pursuing gun control in the last administration for lack of political capital. Biden needs a radical ATF and the bureau needs an administration that would ignore its abuse of power.
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