Is ATF Expanding its Multiple Sales Reporting Requirement Nationwide?

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Is ATF Expanding its Multiple Sales Reporting Requirement Nationwide?
Gun Owners of America
Gun Owners of America

Washington, DC –-( David Codrea of the Gun Rights Examiner has, once again, performed a major service for the movement by calling attention to a proposed ATF rule buried in the Federal Register without any fanfare or announcement, which may have far-reaching consequences.

The rule, numbered OMB Number 1140-0100, says, and we quote the sentence in its entirety:

The purpose of this information collection is to require Federal Firearms Licensees to report multiple sales or other dispositions whenever the licensee sells or otherwise disposes of two or more rifles within any five consecutive business days with the following characteristics:  (1) Semi-automatic; (2) a caliber greater than .22; and (c) the ability to accept a detachable magazine.

18 U.S.C. 923(g) specifically forbids reporting requirements like this, unless they are specified in that section.

Some have suggested that ATF is simply extending the current illegal reporting requirement for four border states.  And the notice specifically refers to this as “Extension without change of an existing collection.”

But, not to be conspiratorial, is it an extension of time — or an extension to the other 46 states?

If we were dealing with an administration which did not turn pathological lying into an “art form,” we might be able to treat this notice as more benign.  But the problem is that, at NOWHERE does the notice geographically limit its reporting requirement.  And, for the time being, we have to assume that it means what it says.

We encourage members to contact ATF.  But, given that, in the past, ATF has regarded our concerns with disdain, it is also important to block this illegal rule with legislation — whether or not it applies to 4 states or 50 states.


  • (1) Click here to read the ATF regs.  If you wish to submit comments, you can do so to Natisha Taylor at [email protected], Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Firearms Industry Programs Branch, Washington, DC 20226.  You must register your comments before June 16, 2014.
  • (2) Even more important, you should contact your House member and ask him or her to insure that the Science-Justice-Commerce Appropriations Bill contains language to block this illegal rule.

Georgia Gun Owners in a non-profit, non-partisan, grassroots firearm advocacy organization dedicated to countering the gun control lobby through an aggressive program designed to mobilize gun owners and liberty activists across the State of Georgia, while seeking to enlist public support for legislation that would remove compulsory government requirements for gun owners throughout the state. Georgia Gun Owners’ mailing address is 1635 Old 41 Hwy., Ste. 112-202, Kennesaw, Georgia 30152. Georgia Gun Owners can be contacted at 678-719-2348. Georgia Gun Owners’ web address is

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Allen,turned over to the FBI ? That would be an improvement ? How?

James Allen

I can’t wait until the BATF if disbanded and all the gun laws are turned over to the FBI. Things will be much better then.


With obama having just a little over 2 yrs left in office he will try and do as much damage as he can as fast as he can. (esp.with the mid-terms coming up) Like Fed Up said,it’s going to get real ugly real fast.


What do they call it when everything government touches turns into excrement? I don’t know, but that seems to be what’s happening.

Fed Up

It’s going to get real ugly really fast.