- One Tiahrt provision severely limits the authority of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) to disclose crime gun trace data to the public under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), bars admissibility of such data when victims bring lawsuits against the gun industry, and restricts disclosure of the data even to law enforcement.
- The second Tiahrt-sponsored appropriations provision codified the Bush Administration policy destroying certain National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) records after 24 hours.
- The third Tiahrt appropriations rider bars ATF from implementing its proposed regulation requiring gun dealers to conduct annual inventory audits to address the problem of guns "disappearing" from gun shops with no record of sale.
For years, the Tiahrt Amendments have been standing in the way of law enforcement efforts to stop the flow of illegal guns to criminals. But now, a coalition of 350 mayors and 200 police chiefs have called for repealing these damaging restrictions.
The Brady Blog makes no bones about the fact that President Obama has disappointed. During his campaign he made unequivocal promises about repealing the amendments, but since taking office has failed to do so.
The Tiahrt Amendments have always been about pleasing a special interest lobby at the expense of public safety. Congress should delete the proposed language and do what the Obama-Biden ticket called for last year when their campaign said they 'would repeal the Tiahrt amendment.'
What's your opinion? Do you agree with the assessment that failing to remedy this situation is an attempt to please a "special interest lobby at the expense of public safety?" Do you think the President's failure to keep this promise represents a reversal in his intentions? Or is it due to delay, the fact that other more pressing issues have taken precedence?
What could the pro-gun crowd be thinking in opposing a change like this? Who would want to restrict the flow of information about gun purchases? Who would want to hinder proper inventory-taking? How can so-called lawful gun owners support such criminal attitudes?
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