John Richardson has the details about the Obama Administration’s move to require multiple rifle sales to be reported along the southwest border. The move is patently illegal, and I suspect will be successfully challenged. The relevant section of US Code is Title 18, Section 923:
(3)Â (A) Each licensee shall prepare a report of multiple sales orÂ other dispositions whenever the licensee sells or otherwiseÂ disposes of, at one time or during any five consecutive businessÂ days, two or more pistols, or revolvers, or any combination ofÂ pistols and revolvers totalling two or more, to an unlicensedÂ person. The report shall be prepared on a form specified by theÂ Attorney General and forwarded to the office specified thereon andÂ to the department of State police or State law enforcement agencyÂ of the State or local law enforcement agency of the localÂ jurisdiction in which the sale or other disposition took place, notÂ later than the close of business on the day that the multiple saleor other disposition occurs.
You will not that a long gun is not a pistol or revolver, by terms of the Gun Control Act. Combine with:
(g)(1)(A) Each licensed importer, licensed manufacturer, andÂ licensed dealer shall maintain such records of importation,Â production, shipment, receipt, sale, or other disposition ofÂ firearms at his place of business for such period, and in suchÂ form, as the Attorney General may by regulations prescribe. SuchÂ importers, manufacturers, and dealers shall not be required toÂ submit to the Attorney General reports and information with respectÂ to such records and the contents thereof, except as expresslyÂ required by this section.
Emphasis mine. I would say the Obama Administration is skating on thin ice, but in this case the Administration is apparently trying to skate on liquid water. There is just no possible interpretation of the Gun Control Act, with modifications from FOPA, that this move is legal.