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INSTITUTE FOR LEGISLATIVE ACTION 11250 WAPLES MILL ROAD FAIRFAX, VIRGINIA 22030-7400 (703) 267-1160 Fax: (703) 267-1164
Office of Legislative Counsel Christopher A. Conte
Captain Michael Dahl Washington State Patrol Criminal Investigations Division P.O. Box 42637 Olympia, WA 98504-2637 March 21, 2011, Dear Captain Dahl, On March 9, 2011 you sent a letter to hundreds of members of the National Rifle Association of America (NRA) that hold a Federal Firearms License (FFL) in the State of Washington. The letter requests assistance with an investigation into a “missing/stolen AR-15” through the disclosure of all AR-15 purchase and sales records from July 1, 2010 to the present. The NRA has been inundated with inquiries from our Washington State members regarding this letter. They are concerned that while the letter references a totally unspecified AR-15, the request is for information from all AR-15 purchases and sales over a considerable period of time. No information is provided in the letter to specifically tailor the request to the missing or stolen AR15 being investigated. While several of our FFL members that received your letter do not deal AR-15s, a significant amount have handled hundreds of AR-15’s over the time period at issue and production of such records would be both costly and burdensome. Further, your request has raised issues with the BATF since most of what you seek is information held by the FFL as custodian for the federal government. Such information is accessible only through the BATF. The NRA understands the duty of the State Patrol to investigate missing and stolen property. However, we have been unable to locate any law or regulation that would mandate the disclosure of the requested information to your agency without a warrant or subpoena. Accordingly, we recommend tailoring your inquiry to the specific missing or stolen AR-15 by providing our FFL members in Washington with its make, model, serial number and any other unique and specific information available. Cc: Chief John R. Batiste Lieutenant Charles P. LeBlanc, Criminal Investigative Unit Detective Juli Gundermann, Criminal Investigative Division