Lautenberg Update

His bill is worse than a mere ban on private sales:

  • gun show promoters to register with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF), maintain a list of vendors at all gun shows and ensure that all vendors acknowledge receipt of information about their legal obligations; and
  • federal Firearms Licensees (FFLs) to submit information, including the manufacturer/importer, model and serial number of firearms transferred at gun shows to the ATF’s National Tracing Center (NTC).  No personal information about either the seller or the purchaser would be given to the ATF.  Instead, as under current law, FFLs would maintain personal information in their files.  The National Tracing Center would request personal information from an FFL only if a firearm becomes the subject of a law enforcement trace request.

This would likely overwhelm ATF’s trace system, and make data from it nearly useless, in terms of patterns of traced guns.  I wouldn’t be surprised to see ATF come out against this.  Of course, it could mean they need to hire more staff, and get a nice shiny new tracing system, so the perverse bureaucratic incentives could work out in its favor too.

9 thoughts on “Lautenberg Update”

  1. This is what happens when you raise the dead to walk the halls of congress.

  2. On a slightly more serious note – the NJ Dems have a problem if they couldn’t find anyone to take up Lautenberg’s seat the last time around. The guy had RETIRED and only got pulled back in because they didn’t have anyone else to sub in.

    Now if the NJ Republicans weren’t so insistant on shopping at the outhouse haberdashers…

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