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Gun Control Legislation (CRS)

Gun Control Legislation (CRS)

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Gun Control Legislation
William J. Krouse Specialist in Domestic Security and Crime Policy November 14, 2012

Congressional Research Service 7-5700 www.crs.gov RL32842

CRS Report for Congress
Prepared for Members and Committees of Congress

Gun Control Legislation

Summary
Congress has debated the efficacy and constitutionality of federal regulation of firearms and ammunition, with strong advocates arguing for and against greater gun control. In the wake of the July 20, 2012, Aurora, CO, theat
Gun Control Legislation
William J. Krouse Specialist in Domestic Security and Crime Policy November 14, 2012

Congressional Research Service 7-5700 www.crs.gov RL32842

CRS Report for Congress
Prepared for Members and Committees of Congress

Gun Control Legislation

Summary
Congress has debated the efficacy and constitutionality of federal regulation of firearms and ammunition, with strong advocates arguing for and against greater gun control. In the wake of the July 20, 2012, Aurora, CO, theat

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Source: ATF Congressional Budget Submission,
FY2013.

Gun Control Legislation

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(§213). As described above, the U.S. Attorney for the District of Minnesota, B. Todd Jones, is
currently serving as the interim acting ATF Director.

On April 26, 2012, the House Committee on Appropriations approved a similar FY2013 funding
measure (H.R. 5326) that would also provide the same amount for ATF ($1.153 billion). This
measure also includes provisions that are similar to those included in the Senate-reported bill
described above (§§217, 536, and 213). In addition, the House measure includes futurity language
in three additional long-standing prohibitions (riders) included in the ATF salaries and expenses
appropriations language. These provisions would prohibit ATF from

• altering the regulatory definition of “curios and relics,”315
• requiring federally licensed gun dealers to conduct physical inventories,”316

or

• revoking a federal firearms license for lack of business activity.

In addition, during House full committee markup, Representative Rehberg successfully offered an
amendment that would prohibit ATF from requiring multiple long gun sales reports. As described
below, a similar Rehberg-sponsored amendment was included in the FY2012 House bill, but it
was not included in an enacted bill. On May 10, 2012, the House passed H.R. 5326, amended.
Two amendments reduced ATF funding for FY2013 to $1.151 billion, or $537,000 less than the
FY2012 appropriation.317

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