AGs Sue ATF Over ATF’s Expansive New ‘In the Business’ Rule Regulating Private Gun Sales

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton (Paxton Facebook page)

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is leading a coalition of Republican states in suing the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) over a new rule that will require licenses and background checks for private firearms sales.

The ATF is expanding the definition of what is considered a firearm “dealer,” subjecting private sellers to the same licensing and safety requirements as commercial stores.

President Biden said the change “is going to keep guns out of the hands of domestic abusers and felons.”

At a press conference in Frisco to announce the lawsuit, Paxton said the rule change exceeds the authority of a federal agency and violates the Second Amendment.

“We will not let Biden continue his tyrannical abuse of power,” Paxton said. “If the Constitution means anything, if federal law means anything, we’re going to win this battle.”

— Ryan Chandler in Paxton Sues Atf Over New Gun Sales Requirements

One Response

  1. According to a list I saw in a different article, that my ag isn’t on, my wife and I have sent emails asking why not. Also urging him to join the cause. Have told a number of relatives and friends to do the same.

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