This bill would prohibit subjecting a licensed gun dealer to a reporting requirement based on the geographic location of the gun dealer’s business or the sale of multiple rifles or shotguns to the same person. It would lift a reporting requirement imposed by the Bureau of Alcohol of Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) known as “Demand Letter 3” which requires gun dealers to report purchasers in Arizona, California, New Mexico, and Texas who buy two or more semi-automatic rifles larger than a .22 caliber that can accept a detachable magazine in a five-day period.
- Not enactedThe President has not signed this bill
- The house has not voted
- The senate has not voted
Committee on the JudiciaryIntroducedJune 21st, 2017
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What is Senate Bill S. 1397?
Cost of Senate Bill S. 1397
In-Depth: Sponsoring Sen. Luther Strange (R-AL) introduced this bill to undo an Obama era ATF regulation which required gun dealers in southwestern border states to file additional reports on buyers who bought two or more semi-automatic rifles over a certain caliber in the span of five days:
“The Obama administration demonstrated time and again a disturbing willingness to bypass the separation of powers and disregard Congress as a Constitutional watchdog. Had the restrictions faced by lawful gun dealers been applied to Alabama, many sportsmen, myself included, would have a difficult time practicing our hobby, and exercising our Constitutional rights. With this bill, I am proud to stand up against existing and future threats to the rights of lawful gun owners, and restore respect for the rule of law.”
This legislation has the support of two Republican cosponsors in the Senate, Sens. John Cornyn and Ted Cruz of Texas.
- Sponsoring Sen. Luther Strange (R-AL) Press Release
- National Rifle Association (In Favor)
- PBS (Context)
Summary by Eric Revell(Photo Credit: iStock.com / JackF)