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U.S. Representative Justin Amash

Representing the 3rd District of Michigan

Amash Seeks to Block Federal Gun List

January 26, 2012
Press Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                      
January 26, 2012  
Will Adams


Amash Seeks to Block Federal Gun List

Introduces Bill to Stop Registration Scheme

Washington, D.C. – This week, Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI) introduced a bill to block a federal gun registration scheme.

Under a policy announced last year and currently being challenged in court, the U.S. Justice Department requires all gun dealers in the southwest to report sales of two or more of certain semi-automatic rifles to a single buyer.

The scheme, known as “Demand Letter 3,” targets gun buyers in Arizona, California, New Mexico, and Texas. The more than 8,500 gun dealers in those states are required to report to the federal government on sales of semi-automatic rifles greater than .22 caliber and able to accept detachable magazines. Selling two or more of those “long guns” to a person within five days triggers the reporting requirement.

“The government has no business tracking the sale of rifles to law-abiding citizens,” said Amash. “Americans should not be put on a watch list simply for exercising their constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms.”

Fourteen Representatives cosponsored Amash’s bill, H.R. 3814. The bill is the House companion to S. 570, sponsored by Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT) and cosponsored by a bipartisan group of 33 Senators.


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