Obama administration forcing new gun buyers to declare race, ethnicity

Posted by on Sep 17, 2014 at 8:27 am
Barack Obama

The Obama administration quietly has been forcing new gun buyers to declare their race and ethnicity, a policy change that critics say provides little law enforcement value while creating the risk of privacy intrusions and racial profiling.

With little fanfare, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) in 2012 amended its Form 4473 — the transactional record the government requires gun purchasers and sellers to fill out when buying a firearm — to identify buyers as either Hispanic, Latino or not. Then a buyer must check his or her race: Indian, Asian, black, Pacific Islander or white.

The amendment is causing a headache for gun retailers, as each box needs to be checked off or else it’s an ATF violation — severe enough for the government to shut a business down. Many times people skip over the Hispanic/Latino box and only check their race, or vice versa — both of which are federal errors that can be held against the dealer.

Requiring the race and ethnic information of gun buyers is not required by federal law and provides little law enforcement value, legal experts say. And gun industry officials worry about how the information is being used and whether it constitutes an unnecessary intrusion on privacy.

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4 Responses to “Obama administration forcing new gun buyers to declare race, ethnicity”

  1. Forward...to the glorious socialist utopia on 27/27/14 at 12:54 pm

    I check the hopey changey box comrade as we go forward to a glorious utopian paradise on earth led by the greatest human being ever to live…Chicago Jesus!

  2. FAITH7 on 28/28/14 at 10:27 am

    Our US Government ALWAYS does racial profiling. Any ANY form you complete where Government is lurking behind it asks “profiling of race” questions – (look at the Census) they add a blurp eluding to …if you want “funds” to flow to your community…don’t forget to check off the ‘RACE BOX’..?
    Funny how when funds from the taxpayer need to ‘flow’ from our Government to racially profiled ” communities” no one Complains about this.
    But when common sense points out truths
    perpetuated by certain people…criminal or terrorist activities…it becomes “racist” smh