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Rep. Evan Jenkins Introduces
Important Pro-Gun Legislation

I

n April, Rep. Evan Jenkins, R-W.V.,
introduced the "Protecting the Second
Amendment Act," H.R. 1976. This legislation would amend the Gun Control Act (GCA)
to permanently prohibit executive actions like
the southwestern border states' rifle sales reporting initiative launched under the Obama
administration. The bill states that no federal
firearm licensee (FFL) could be subject to any
generalized or ongoing reporting requirement based on the FFL's geographic location
or on sales of multiple long guns.

imposed under Obama, and it came to be
known as Demand Letter 3.
The requirement was supposedly to alert
authorities to potential straw purchasers
illegally supplying semi-automatic rifles to
Mexican drug cartels. Yet the Obama-era ATF
had been intentionally letting illegally purchased guns "walk" over the border, at the
same time the administration was calling for
gun control in the U.S. to stem-so the argument went-violence in Mexico with firearms
of U.S. origin.
In essence, Demand Letter 3 was an end
run around various congressionally enacted
anti-registration provisions. The Gun Control
Act of 1968 requires FFLs to report multiple
pistol (but not rifle) sales to the same person.
It also authorizes the attorney general to
require FFLs to report information from the
records they are required to keep. These
provisions are meant to facilitate bona fide
criminal investigations.

Photo by AP Images/Sholten Singer

H.R. 1976 WOULD END
DEMAND LETTER 3 AND
WOULD ENSURE THAT NO
SUCH PROGRAM COULD BE
DUPLICATED.

Rep. Evan Jenkins' bill
would amend the Gun
Control Act.

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In July 2011, the Bureau of Alcohol,
Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF)
directed thousands of FFLs in southwestern
border states to file ongoing reports to the
government of any sales of two or more
rifles of certain types to the same customer
within a five-day period. This was the third
broad-based reporting requirement ATF had
june 2017 ❘

Yet Demand Letter 3 is a broad-based
fishing expedition, not a criminal investigation. It also bends the terms of the law by
requiring FFLs to create new forms of recordkeeping, not just report information from
otherwise available records. The requirement
has additionally been ongoing for nearly six
years, taking on the character of an executive
amendment to existing law, rather than a narrowly confined investigative effort.
H.R. 1976 would end Demand Letter 3 and
ensure that no such program could be duplicated, regardless of who was in charge at the
Department of Justice or the White House. As
Jenkins said in introducing the bill:
"The federal government has tried to
impose a gun registry on lawful gun owners in
direct violation of their constitutional rights.
I have introduced legislation in the House to
stop this intrusion into the lives of responsible
gun owners. As a staunch advocate of the
Second Amendment, I am proud to stand up
for the rights of law-abiding Americans."
We thank Jenkins for his leadership in this
important effort and urge the U.S. House to
take up the bill without delay.

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