NEWTOWN, Conn –-(Ammoland.com)- The Federal Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld ATF’s authority to require federal firearms licensees in the Southwest Border States to report multiple sales of certain semiautomatic rifles.
The appellate decision stems from a lawsuit brought by an NSSF-backed retailer and another store owner arguing ATF overstepped the authority granted it by Congress when it issued its July 2011 demand letter mandating nearly 8,700 FFLs in Arizona, California, New Mexico and Texas to report sales information they were not otherwise required to keep.
A district court denied the challenge and an appeal to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals followed.
This was the last of two lawsuits supported by NSSF challenging the limits of ATF’s 2011 demand letter.
In NSSF’s own lawsuit, NSSF v. Jones, it was also found that ATF did not abuse its authority.
The National Shooting Sports Foundation is the trade association for the firearms industry. Its mission is to promote, protect and preserve hunting and the shooting sports. Formed in 1961, NSSF has a membership of more than 6,000 manufacturers, distributors, firearms retailers, shooting ranges, sportsmen’s organizations and publishers. For more information, log on to www.nssf.org.