Thursday, April 28, 2011

ATF Continues With Multi-Long Gun Proposal

Reuters is reporting that ATF will be publishing a proposed rule in Friday's Federal Register concerning the reporting of multiple sales of certain semi-automatic rifles. This is the same proposal from late 2010 that was postponed for further comment.

The proposal to be published tomorrow will open up a 30-day comment period on the reporting requirement.

Within the Reuters story was this note about the response from the prior 60-day comment period.
It was first published in December and had a 60-day comment period that garnered almost 13,000 responses. About 30 percent opposed the reporting requirement and 70 percent favored it, ATF said.
70% of comments in favor of this requirement just doesn't pass the smell test. Frankly, unless I could see each and every comment submitted to verify this, I think either Reuters misunderstood what ATF told them or ATF has misstated it for their own bureaucratic purposes.

I will publish the comment requirements as soon as it is released.

If I can get a comment from the NRA on this tomorrow, I will post it.


  1. Yeah that 13,000 number seems fishy. They did release the original comment number back when only 9 anti-gun people replied in favor of it vs over 500 people against it. That was when they only allowed 3 weeks for comment. They released the names of everyone who commented (including mine which I saw and verified). It seems fishy that they reopen the comment timeframe and suddenly there are 9000 people who are suddenly not only aware of this issue but whom stake a pro ATF position.

  2. Yeah here are the tallies from back in January


    AGAINST against

  3. I thought the numbers used to sound better than what was offered up in the last few days. Is it any wonder the comments are so very lopsided when they have all this time to make them up?

    I sent a comment to the ATF site & didn't see my name in the list of commenters. What is up with that?

    I grew up in Texas and knew the Parr family's reputation for helping their political friends. The most famous was 1948's ballot box 13 caper, which sent LBJ to the U.S. Senate and pulled Duval County out of Jim Wells County. How 'bout dat?

    Box 13 was found a week after the election, and had enough votes to put LBJ over the top. If I recall correctly, the ballots were signed with the same pen and the handwriting was very similar on all of them.

    If they want to try to sell these numbers to the people, they ought to be willing to provide the names (or initials) & ISP addresses of the commenters. If the comments are not emailed in, then the zip codes might be sufficient.

    I trust these guys as far as I can throw them from here.