Paper Reevaluates Current
Firearms Regulations

By Beth Baumann. February 7th, 2017

The Department of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms' (ATF) Associate Deputy Director and Chief Operating Director, Ronald Turk, wrote an 11-page proposal for reevaluation of restrictions currently placed on firearms in the United States. The proposal, entitled "Options to Reduce or Modify Firearms Regulations," suggests "removing restrictions on the sale of gun silencers; allowing gun dealers to have more guns used in crimes traced to their stores before the federal government requires additional information from the dealer; and initiating a study on lifting the ban on imported assault weapons" (via Washington Post).

From the paper's executive summary:

This paper serves to provide the new Administration and the Bureau multiple options to consider and discuss regarding firearms regulations specific to ATF. These general thoughts provide potential ways to reduce or modify regulations, or suggest changes that promote commerce and defend the Second Amendment without significant negative impact on ATF's mission to fight violent firearms crime and regulate the firearms industry. This white paper is intended to provide ideas and provoke conversation; it is not guidance or policy of any kind.

Shooting Sports Study - According to Turke, firearms like AR-15s and AK-47s are legal and readily available in the United States. .......

For the most part this is encouraging despite the fact that it is only one person's opinion. There are many restrictions currently in effect that could well do with being reduced or removed and much that is suggested actually makes sound sense. The ATF has long been not only charging exorbitant tax amounts, for instance silencers, but also restricting imports of many firearms. Whether there will actually be any changes made official remains to be seen.

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