Texas Congressman John Carter Fights ATF Rifle Registration with Amendment to Defund Federal Registry, Passes!

Living not Surviving – by ASERAG

“Buying and owning a gun is the right of each and every American. Frankly the federal government has been stepping all over that right and it’s time to rein it in…The government has no business tracking the gun purchases of law-abiding citizens. American’s should not be placed on a watch list for simply exercising their constitutional rights. President Obama should focus his attention on criminals rather than honest citizens exercising their rights.”  

Congressman Carter on defunding the ATF Southwest Rifle Registration Program

Texas Congressman John Carter is standing up for gun owners and the gun industry with new legislation targeting and stopping the ATF Federal Rifle Registration Program by defunding it.

Congressman Carter introduced his Amendment to the 2014 Commerce, Justice and Science Appropriations Bill, which would defund the unconstitutional ATF rifle registration program by forbidding any federal funds be used for it in accordance with Section 923 of Title 18, United States Code, US law related to licensing in the American gun industry. The Amendment passed and will go to the House of Representatives within the 2014 Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations Bill.

Quoting from Congressman Carter’s Pro-Gun Amendment:

“None of the funds made available by this Act may be used to require a person licensed under section 923 of title 18, United States Code, to report information to the Department of Justice regarding the sale of multiple-rifles or shotguns to the same person” -[Source: Number 8]

To deliver a better idea of what Carter’s amendment references, Section 923 of Title 18, United States Code, begins:

“No person shall engage in the business of importing, manufacturing, or dealing in firearms, or importing or manufacturing ammunition, until he has filed an application with and received a license to do so from the Attorney General…”

This section of the United States Code dictates laws related to licensing, opening, and running a gun and gun-part related business. Congressman Carter’s amendment basically authorizes the federal funds that are delegated to enforcing these laws, but forbids that any of the federal funds authorized be used for the ATF’s rifle registration program.

Consistent readers will remember our recent discussion on the Federal Judge approving the program in May 2013 in the case against The National Shooting Sports Foundation, Arizona gun dealer J&G Sales and Arizona gun dealer Foothills Firearms.

This ATF rifle sales registry, effectively a federal gun registry, requires  federal registration and recording of private citizen rifle purchases of 2 or more rifles by gun sellers in Arizona, Texas, New Mexico, and California, and establishes a “watchlist” of said gun owners.

The Federal rifle sales registration program requires compliance in and with demand letters by all guns and gun-parts sellers in recording and reporting any purchases by free men and women of 2 or more semi-automatic rifles within 5 days, that are capable of accepting detachable magazines, and caliber of .22 or greater.

My Fox NY luckily caught the Judge’s reasoning for her ruling, citing that the “demand letters” sent to gun businesses to retrieve and store American rifle purchases only went to 7 percent of licensed gun dealers, and that because only 7 percent of American gun businesses and owners had their Rights violated, the ATF’s program did not create a “national firearms registry”.  This point was argued by Judges Karen LeCraft Henderson, Judith Rogers, and Harry Edwards.

Congressman Carter’s announcement of his amendment cites related previous votes in the house of representatives that now, with an American public more demanding of the defense of these Rights, point to support of his amendment to the 2014 Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations Bill in the house.

“H.R. 1 passed on February 18, 2011 by a vote of 277 – 149.  Similar language was also included in H.R. 5326, the Commerce, Justice and Science Appropriations Act of 2013…”

But Congressman John Carter can surely expect a challenge in the Senate, led by gun prohibitionist Harry Reid, who has clearly made it his agenda to attack, alter, and alienate the natural & enumerated Right to bear arms.

With great challenge comes great opportunity and great courage. This is where Congressman Carter’s Amendment to defund the federal registry holds momentum in the Senate. In the last gun tyranny/ gun Rights Senate fight, Senators Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, and Mike Lee, with the support of Americans nationwide, led the Senate todefeat S.649′s 7 Anti-Gun Anti-Rights Amendments, despite Reid and the Executive branch’s massive efforts in support of the amendments.

“The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.” “It doesn’t say “might be” infringed. Nor does it say “could be” infringed. It read “shall not” be infringed. The current gun-control legislation being proposed unquestionably infringes.For these reasons, I will work diligently to stop any such gun-control legislation. Our Constitution, individual liberty and personal safety depend on it”

-Senator Rand Paul, Washington Times, “A Duty To Preserve the Second Amendment”

I can only act in hopes that the ATF, which is about to hire its first director in years, receives the necessary coverage to expose their rifle registration program in the southwest, which they and other officials higher up in the chains of government, have worked to hide and implement. With Senators Paul, Cruz, and Lee, there exists an opportunity to filibuster the ATF Director nomination to get answers on the ATF’s program and to stop it. Momentum is at the highest it has been for those in support of natural & constitutionally enumerated Rights, especially the Right to bear arms.

“Let us therefore animate and encourage each other, and show the whole world, that a free man contending for Liberty on his own ground is superior to any slavish mercenary on earth.” -George Washington, 1776

 Take Action:

  • You can contact and thank Texas Congressman John Carter HERE ; if you desire, ask the Congressman what the best way to help him and his amendment is.
  • Find Your Congressional Congressmen and demand they support Congressman Carter’s amendment to the 2014 Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations Bill
  • Find Your Senators and demand they support Congressman Carter’s amendment to the 2014 Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations Bill
  • Visit and support the National Shooting Sports Foundation HERE.
  • Spread the information by sharing this article & the first part on the Federal Judge’s ruling

Ahmed Serag



4 thoughts on “Texas Congressman John Carter Fights ATF Rifle Registration with Amendment to Defund Federal Registry, Passes!

  1. It sounds good, but is he trying to gain popularity with voters by trying to “defund” something they have no money to pay for anyway?

  2. Rand Paul can never be trusted. When needed, he will sell us out…just like he sold his father out by supporting Mitt the Twit

  3. The obummer needs all the criminals in the TSA to have guns, but not you. Their attitude is go back to work slave!

  4. John Carter is corrupt blowhard. This guy only cares about himself. I don’t trust a word this guy says.

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