S. 941, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) Reform and Firearms Modernization Act, represents NRA-ILA’s latest effort to pass legislation that will make it easier for lawful gun owners and dealers to comply with federal law and regulations, while ensuring that those who break the law are punished accordingly. This bipartisan bill also serves as a vital step toward modernizing and improving BATFE’s overall operations. The bill would roll back unnecessary restrictions, correct errors, and codify longstanding congressional policies in the firearms arena.
Of highest importance, S. 941 totally rewrites the system of administrative penalties for licensed dealers, manufacturers and importers of firearms. Today, for most violations, BATFE can only give a federal firearms license (FFL) holder a warning or totally revoke his license.
S. 941 would allow fines or license suspensions for less serious violations, while still allowing license revocation for the kind of serious violations that would block an investigation or put guns in the hands of criminals. This prevents the all-too-common situations where BATFE has punished licensees for insignificant technical violations-such as improper use of abbreviations, or filing records in the wrong order.
The Senate Judiciary Committee is holding a hearing on S. 941 on Tuesday, September 14. Currently S. 941 has 36 cosponsors and to see the current cosponsor list, click here. For more information about S. 941, please visit: www.nraila.org/Issues/FactSheets/Read.aspx?id=251&issue=28.
Please e-mail and call Senators Specter and Casey today and urge them to cosponsor S. 941, which is a key part of our battle to protect the Second Amendment in Congress.
Senator Arlen Specter
Phone: 202-224-4254 (DC)
Phone: 610-434-1444 (Allentown)
Phone: 814-453-3010 (Erie)
Phone: 717-782-3951 (Harrisburg)
Phone: 215-597-7200 (Philadelphia)
Phone: 412-644-3400 (Pittsburgh)
Phone: 570-346-2006 (Scranton)
Phone: 570-826-6265 (Wilkes-Barre)
Senator Bob Casey Jr.
Phone: 202-224-6324 (DC)
Phone: 610-782-9470 (Allentown)
Phone: 814-357-0314 (Bellefonte)
Phone: 814-874-5080 (Erie)
Phone: 717-231-7540 (Harrisburg)
Phone: 215-405-9660 (Philadelphia)
Phone: 412-803-7370 (Pittsburgh)
Phone: 570-941-0930 (Scranton)
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