GOP Lawmakers Push to Stop ATF from Asking Gun Buyers About Race

Fox News, April 20, 2015

Congressional Republicans are pushing a bill to block the feds from forcing gun buyers to disclose their race in applications, saying the government should be “color blind” when it comes to the Second Amendment.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives–ever since changing its background check policy in 2012–has had gun buyers answer questions about race and ethnicity in what’s known as a 4473 application form. Gun dealers who do not disclose the information can be hit with fines and other penalties.

But Reps. Diane Black, R-Tenn., and Ted Poe, R-Texas, want to remove the race and ethnicity lines.

“This intrusive reporting requirement by ATF is nothing more than backdoor gun control,” Black told in a written statement. “An individual’s race and ethnicity has nothing to do with their ability to safely own a firearm.”


The bill was introduced last week and is sitting before the House Judiciary Committee. So far, it has 11 co-sponsors.


The ATF, though, defends its policy and says race can be helpful when tracing firearms used in crimes.



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