Gun buyer’s race not government’s business; Senators seek end of race/ethnicity disclosure for gun buyers

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WASHINGTON D.C. – Recently U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., joined Senator Roy Blunt, R- Mo., in introducing legislation which would prohibit the federal government from requiring Americans to disclose their race or ethnicity in connection with the purchase of a firearm.

In 2014, it was reported that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) implemented a change to Form 4473, requiring firearm purchasers to disclose both their race and ethnicity.

“The ATF does not need to know your race or ethnicity. The right to own firearms is an individual right guaranteed to Americans by the Second Amendment,” Enzi said. “This bill would protect that fundamental right by ensuring that the federal government could not require you to disclose your race or ethnicity in connection with the purchase of a firearm.”

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The FIREARM Act reaffirms that the right of law-abiding citizens to own firearms is an individual right guaranteed by the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution. The bill explicitly prohibits the federal government from requiring race or ethnicity to be disclosed in connection with the transfer of a firearm, while reinforcing the principle that the constitutional right of a citizen to own a firearm has nothing to do with race or ethnicity.

The Freedom From Intrusive Regulatory Enforcement of Arbitrary Registration Mandates Act (FIREARM Act) was also cosponsored by Senator Joe Manchin (W.Va.). Last month, U.S. Representative Diane Black (Tenn.) introduced a House companion version of the bill. The FIREARM Act is supported by the NRA and endorsed by Gun Owners of America.

“The right of law-abiding citizens to own firearms is an individual right guaranteed by the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, and that has nothing to do with race or ethnicity,” Blunt said. “I thank my colleagues for joining me to introduce this bipartisan bill to stop the Obama Administration from imposing its unnecessary requirements on law-abiding citizens, and I’ll continue fighting to protect Americans’ Second Amendment rights.”