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Bill Seeks To Stop BATFE Abuse Against Gun Owners By Removing Vague Language Exploited By Agency

The 2nd Amendment has nothing to do with hunting and it sure as hell doesn’t have anything to do with “sporting purposes.”

The 2nd Amendment is in the Bill of Rights because it is the right of all Americans to defend themselves from tyranny.

That is what the Founding Fathers believed, that is what I believe and that is what the Supreme Court of the United States has ruled.

Yet, leave it to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) to ignore all of that and focus on an vague, undefined term in some gun control legislation passed decades ago.

The term is “sporting purposes.”

The term “sporting purposes” is undefined by federal statute and has been subject to several reinterpretations by the BATFE and its predecessor agency.  BATFE and anti-gun administrations have exploited the lack of a clear definition of “sporting purposes” to bypass Congress and impose gun control through executive fiat. The most recent (and perhaps most infamous) example of this was the Obama administration’s attempt to ban a highly popular form of ammunition for the AR-15, America’s most popular rifle.

Yesterday, Chairman of the House Committee on Natural Resources Rob Bishop (R-UT) introduced H.R. 2710, the “Lawful Purpose and Self Defense Act of 2015” in order to cut the legs out from the BATFE’s mockery of Constitutional Law.

HR 2710 would do the following:

Eliminate ATF’s authority to reclassify popular rifle ammunition as “armor piercing ammunition.” The federal law governing armor piercing ammunition was passed by Congress to target handgun projectiles, but BATFE has used the law to ban common and popular rifle ammunition, as it recently attempted with M855/SS109 5.56×45 ammunition.

Provide for the lawful importation of any non-NFA firearm or ammunition that may otherwise be lawfully possessed and sold within the United States. BATFE has used the current discretionary “sporting purposes” standard to deny the importation of firearms that would be perfectly legal to manufacture, sell, and possess in the United States.

Protect shotguns, shotgun shells, and certain rifles from arbitrary classification as “destructive devices.”

Broaden the temporary interstate transfer provision to allow temporary transfers for all lawful purposes rather than just for “sporting purposes.”

So long as agencies like the BATFE can use vague and undefinable language to undermine the 2nd Amendment and weasel around common sense the right itself is in danger.

This is an example of how the fight for the 2nd Amendment must not only be won in the courts but also in the halls of Congress.

Gun Controllers hate freedom and they will use any sneaky, underhanded and unethical tactics and means available to gut liberty wherever they find it.

HR 2710 shines a light on the rat nest that is the BATFE and we should all contact our representatives in order to ensure that it goes forward.

 

 

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