S.A. Gun Store Sues ATF

A San Antonio gun shop is suing the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, arguing the agency exceeded its authority by ordering licensed dealers to report some rifle sales.

The store, 10-Ring Precision Inc. on Blue Crest Lane on the North Side, is challenging a policy ATF put into place last month requiring firearms sellers in Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California to report the sale of two or more of certain rifles over a five-day period in an effort to reduce gun smuggling to Mexico, where drug-related violence killed 15,000 last year.

In the lawsuit, 10-Ring states that unlike handgun reporting requirements, which are required by Congress, the requirement to report the sales of semiautomatic rifles with detachable clips and larger than .22-caliber outside the scope of a criminal investigation goes beyond ATF’s authority.

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