Several Republican House members revealed on Wednesday legislation to repeal the National Firearms Act (1934), which would deny the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) the power to turn law-abiding gun owners into felons. The group who introduced the said bill is headed by Rep. Eric Burlison (R-MO).
The legislation has earned the moniker “Repeal the NFA Act.”
Via Twitter, Burlison wrote: “The Repeal the NFA Act will strip the ATF of its authority to criminalize lawful gun owners and undo nearly 90 years of assault on our fundamental freedoms. I’m proud to stand with Americans nationwide as we take this issue head-on.”
He also spoke to the Daily Caller, saying: “The federal government has used the National Firearms Act for almost a century to violate law-abiding citizens’ Second Amendment rights. The recent ATF pistol brace rule is just another example of these blatant attacks on the constitutional rights of Americans. The ATF-NFA sham needs to end.”
A co-sponsor of the legislation, Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ), pointed out, “I applaud Rep. Burlison’s legislation that would prevent the federal government from imposing draconian registration mandates on law-abiding gun owners. Anti-gun zealots have enacted policies that create increased government bureaucracy and do nothing to reduce gun violence.”
Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL), a co-sponsor of Burlison's legislation, is also working to abolish the ATF.
Gaetz wrote about his intentions on Twitter, saying, “House Republicans have the ATF in our crosshairs. The continued existence of the ATF is increasingly unwarranted based on their repeated actions to convert law-abiding citizens into felons. My bill today would abolish the ATF once and for all.”