|Comments on the ATF multi-rifle registration; good, and bad
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|Author:||500magnum [ Sat Feb 05, 2011 6:00 pm ]|
|Post subject:||Comments on the ATF multi-rifle registration; good, and bad|
Gunleaders.com submitted a Freedom of Information Act request (FOIA) to the Department of Justice concerning the ATF multi-rifle registration scheme. There were approximately 700 pages of responsive data, roughly 1/3 were DOJ email responses to those who commented. Here are some examples of comments submitted to ATF in response. Gunleaders.com wants to thank all of the people who took the time to submit their comments by phone, fax, email or letter opposing this extra-legal act by ATF.
These are but a few examples of comments submitted in opposition to the proposed ATF action to collect owner & firearm information on rifle sales. Some of the comments were very heartfelt - "I wouldn't be able to fulfill my promise to buy my three daughters their .22 rifles without being put into a database or watch list". Some very simple and plain spoken in opposition. These are effective at expressing the sentiment of opposition, however in the Federal Register DOJ asked for specific points to be addressed.
Why are some of the comments not as useful? When the Federal Register published ATF's information collection request, it listed 4 criteria that comments should be focused on. In addition, any regulatory action by an agency must not violate any constitutional or statutory laws. The 4 criteria listed for comments were:
It helps for comments to address the points raised in the federal register or the supporting documentation, specifically if possible.
By the time something makes it into the Federal Register there are hundreds of hours of preparation & work behind it, and there is an institutional momentum to approve it. However, part of that process is to address public comments, and particularly those which call into question the legality of the act, whether the regulation trenches upon a constitutionally protected liberty, violates statutory law, or infringes upon the public liberty when there is a less intrusive option available that would accomplish what is needed.
Don't go off the rails in commenting. If you're commenting on a gun issue then stay focused on guns, right to keep and bear arms, and the laws associated with the regulation.
Professional, personal or personalized comments which show an impact to you the author and call into question the legality will have the most impact on regulatory actions.
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