Andrew Clyde: ATF revoking more gun dealers’ licenses under Biden

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Federal firearms dealers are getting their licenses revoked or not renewed by the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms at a much greater rate since President Biden first came to office, a GOP lawmaker said Wednesday.  

“Federal Firearms Licensees are being denied renewals or their licenses are being taken away at a rate of about 500% greater since Biden was in office [than in] previous years,” said Rep. Andrew Clyde, Georgia Republican, during a Second Amendment Caucus press conference Wednesday.

“So it is definitely obvious that the Biden administration is targeting Federal Firearms Licensees because they are the link between manufacturers and people being able to access their Second Amendment rights,” he said.

Mr. Clyde, a federal firearms licensee who owns a store in his Athens district called “Clyde Armory,” said that “the motto of my company is we enable individual participation in the preservation of liberty” by giving people access to guns.

“They enable individual participation in the preservation of liberty, because that’s the only way a person, other than making one themselves, can get a firearm in his hands through a manufacturer is through a Federal Firearms Licensee,” he said.

“So if you cut out the Federal Firearms Licensees, then you have denied the American citizens their right to keep in bear arms through not being able to buy a gun. So it’s a problem,” Mr. Clyde argued.

According to Alan Gottlieb at the Second Amendment Foundation, his organization gets many calls from FFL’s every week telling his group the same story.

“Not so much just a revocation [of an FFl license], but also a fine and just being harassed. There’s a lot more of that going on under the Biden restriction than ever before,” Mr. Gottlieb said. “The last time anybody really did anything like that was under Bill Clinton. Bill Clinton figured less guns would be sold if there were less FFL dealers to start with, and so he went out to shrink the number of FFL’s.”

The National Rifle Association-Institute for Legislative Affairs says that Mr. Biden’s administration is running “Clinton playbook again – operating a ‘zero tolerance’ policy that is shuttering FFLs over trivial violations. This sort of schizophrenic policy-making could give the impression that this ‘strategy’ has been motivated by anti-gun politics rather than concerns about violent crime.”

In December 1992, the Violence Policy Center published a report titled “More Gun Dealers Than Gas Stations” decrying what the authors called the “bloated, unmanageable universe of illegitimate FFL holders.”

The Center targeted FFLs they called “kitchen-table” gun dealers.

Less than a year later, Mr. Clinton went after these small business owners, who work from their homes to fill orders.

On August 11, 1993, Mr. Clinton issued a memorandum telling the Treasury secretary to take “whatever steps are necessary” to reduce the number of gun dealers via the licensing process.

In his memo he said, “30 percent of licensees engage in a limited level of business, typically out of private residences.” The ATF, at Mr. Clinton’s directive, established regulatory restrictions that created a minimum threshold of business activity for FFL eligibility.

Mr. Gottlieb said that this crackdown had a perverse outcome.

“Then of course, it really backfires on the other side, because then there are less people to do background checks when more people can apply from private sales,” he said. “So it actually backfired on what the anti-gun left was trying to do.”

A spokesman from the ATF told The Washington Times, that the agency “can only revoke a federal firearms license for willful violations of the Gun Control Act.”

According to the bureau’s website, the ATF will issue a notice of revocation whenever it determines an FFL has willfully engaged in: transferring a firearm to a prohibited person; failing to conduct a required background check; falsifying records, such as a firearms transaction form; failing to respond to a trace request; refusing to permit ATF to conduct an inspection; failure to account for firearms; failure to verify and document buyer eligibility; failure to maintain records needed for successful firearms tracing; and failure to report multiple sales of handguns.

“As noted, willful violations are not common. When an ATF inspection reveals that regulatory violations are the result of inadvertence or administrative mistakes, and are not recurring or threatening to public safety,” the website says. “ATF will work to assist the licensee in taking corrective actions to ensure those violations are not repeated and the licensee achieves full compliance.”



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  1. 1. Those 12 States need to change their State Law: No good too! They want to sell those Crime guns in Regular Gunn stores too! This is a bad Discission too! To Earn Blood Money too! Not good thing to do it!!! A Solution is : to send those Crime Gun s to a Still Mill Plant too. The A.T.F need to put their foot down saying you can’t sell Crime Guns used buy Felons Criminals. Or Foreign Criminals of non-citizens too! The N.R.A. Need to wake up about Crime Guns Used by Criminals or Foreign Criminals too! Solution sends those Crime Guns to melt in Steel Mill too. Do you Agree? Sir Or Mam? The Public would like that too! To Melt them to Renar or Drain Covers for Public roads too! Ladder Slides for Playgrounds or Swing Sets too! out of Crime Gun Metal too! Do you Agree? Sir Or Mam? Public would agree!!!

  2. 1. The Pawn Shop Junk Dealers & Gun Shop Dealers: There is 1674 total too! Those Junk Dealers Should not sell Firearms too! Should be Limited to is (02) F.F.L.s License too. A State License is (02) F.F.L.s!!! Long Guns! All Handguns too! There is F.F.L.s License Should not be Renal too! There State License to sell handguns or ammo too! They should cut off their F.F.L.s Licenses off too! The F.F.L.s License should cancel of the List of F.F.L.s Licenses too! There Should be (01) & N.F.A. License (09) too! The Gun Dealers Retailers F.F.L. Licenses Stop here too! is (09) is N.F.A. too! Do you Agree? Sir? or Mam?

  3. 1 These F.F.L.s Are not Gun Dealer Retailers Licenses too! They are off Limits too! Do you Agree? Sir? Or Mam? Is Import & Export F.F.L.s is (08) an option is (011) too! The mgs F.F.L.s is (06) (07) Regulars an N.F.A. is (010) too! Do you Agree? Sir? or Mam?

  4. 1. We Should Cut the Number of Gun Dealers from 123,999 . To 10,000 Gun dealers (01) (02) N.F.A.(09) too! There will be less Guns on the Streets too!, @00 Gun Dealers Is Maxi um Cap Limit Too! Of Chicago City in IL State too! Only the B.A.T.F.E A. In Washington, D.C. too. Or Maim Headquarters In West Virginia Or The Federal Building in 50 States too! No Private Agency Can Issued Applications at all! Too! Regular Gun Dealers (01) Gun Shop By Trade Store Front Retailers Store Located in Commercial Zone Location only too! Sporting, Hunting,Fishing, Camping, Part Gun Store too! They Can Sell, Sporting Goods Hunting Rifles & Shot Guns & Ammo too! They Can”t Sell Hand Guns Or Ammo For Con Conceal Weapons Revolvers, Or Semi auto”Pistols Limit to 6 to10 Shot Clips too! Reason is: There is to Many Young People On pot Smoking too! It true! They Are not Allowed to Weapons Hand Guns Or Long Guns Ammo Bullets too! The Pawn Shops & Gun Stores Not Allow to Sell Hand Guns Or It Ammo too! Only Long Guns Is Used Rifles & Shoot Guns Ammo too!! Reason is Lot of Criminal Felons Release From Country Jails Or State Pris ions too! It True!!! A Lot Of Foreign Criminals of other Counties ILL leagues do have Criminals Records too! It True!!! They Work With Interpol Foreign Law Enforcement of world Police Departments of other Counties too! It True!!! They Sneak to Mexican Border too! & U.S Border too! To Canada Border as well too! It True!!! We Need more Border Police by the Canada border too! From Washington State, to State Of Mane too! Do You Agree? Sir Or Mam? The State National Guard Should Be Near Canada Border too. 400,000 Needed too! Mexico Is 300,000 Border Police too! I agree! There Bear Spots on those Borders too. A Person Can Slip into The U.S IL Legally too! It Happen Lots of Times too! The News Papers Reported too! It True!!! Do you Agree! Sir? Or Mam? On Fox News too!

  5. 1. Orders is The Biden and Harris Are trying reduced the number of Gun Dealers (01) (02) N.F.A. (09) is now 55,000. P.S. They will cut it down to reseal number to (50,630) Gun Dealers in 50 States too! To cut down Gun Shooting too! Do You Agree? Sir Or Mam? Think about for a minute too! To keep the public safe too! Agree? Sir? Or Mam? Gun Dealers Retailers Stores Fronts Dealers of F.F.L.s (01) (02) N.F.A (09) too! Agree!!! Sir? Or Mam?

  6. 1. Those Red States in the U.S.A. Breaking the U.S.A. Law too. Selling large Ammo Clips over 10 Rounds for : semiauto Hand Guns Clips is Federal Ban By Biden Sign the President too For Law Abiding U.S.Citizens have this Right to owned a semi automatic Hand Gun Up to maxium to 10 Rounds too! Is the Limit too! The Semiauto Clips for Semiauto Matic . Assault Weapons Illegal copied off ; the U.S.A Military Assault Weapon is Semiauto mastic or Full Automatic Weapons is U.S.A. Or Foreign mfg too! Of foreign Military Weapons With Large Capacity Clips Or Drum Units is 50 to 60 Rounds or 100 rounds too. Is for Military Forces over Seas Or the U.S.A Military!!! They Should not copies those Military Guns too!! The A.T.F.E.A Should put a stopped too!!!! those Produces Or Law enforcement. Police is Town Ship, Town police too! Or the City Police of Chief of Police how can buy it too! Is in charge too! Thos High Capacity should be banned Penety too! No repeal this ban of illegal of Semiauto Matic Weapons : is mgrs. of those Weapons is( mfg)( over seas) too!!!! is Banned too ! Is I’m port Ban of Foreign’s Weapons too! for war only or Law enforce meant Police Department’s only Should be Except of the U.S.A Federal Law Allows them to be purchased it too! This F.F.L.s License Is N.F.A . Import-export License is Ammo (08) An (011) F.F.L.s only too! Not an Gun Dealers Retailer License too! This is a Import & Export Company License located at Cargo Ships Yards to only too! Were cargo Ships decked in to? Sell those Products into the U.S.A. too! Gun Dealers Can’t Apply for Import & Export Licenses is (08) Ammo ! An Import & Export Guns License too! Those Licenses Are off Limits too! An mgr. License is (06) (07) Regular Guns mgr. too!!! The Full automatic Guns Licenses is (010) Is N.F.A. too! Do You Agree!!!! ??? Sir???? Or Mam????

  7. 1. There Is Nearly 43,000 Retailers Gun Dealers now too! (01)(02((09) too! By each month they are declining per months period of time too! The A.T.F. said to many Retailers smaller Gun Dealers on east cost section of the U.S. too! Is 1/3 in from the east cost too! N.E.S.W . is 1/3 east cost line of Atlantic ocean too! 0.66% Need to Cut off Renault Applications Not to be issued by the A.T.F . License . Reason is : there about: is 400,000,000 + Guns in the U.S. too! The Gun Dealers numbers is Cause of this Problem too! (01)(02) N.F.A (09) Law enforcement Retailers Stores Are Not excused too! There Are Another cause; is Pawn Shop Junk & Gum Shop Dealers (02) F.F.Ls too They are about 6,507. Pawn Shop & Gun Dealers too! There is more in the East cost too! Solution is : For Pawn shops & Gun Dealers We need to cut off 6000 Gun Dealers (02) Licenses off too. No Applications will not be issued no more! There will be 507 Pawn Shops Junk & Gu Dealers only! Is not to exceed the Limit too! By the License Dept of the A.T.F E A. Dept of License too! By main Headquarters In Washington D.C too! Do You Agree ???? Sir???? Or Mam???? There will be fewer Guns off the Streets too! Towns, Townships, Cities, Counties, In States Highways too! An Interstate Highways too ! They will Agree to those terms too. Thye Mayers will Agree to the Terms of Cutting Gun Crime too! Fewer Guns will Hard to Fined on the Streets too! Do you Agree?? Sir ? Or Mam?? The A.T.F. E A Will Keep those Gun Dealers Retailers in Line too! Abide the Federal Laws> An State Gun Laws, Country Laws, City Laws, Township Laws , Town Laws too! I agree It is time to do; something About it Now!!!! Do you Agree?? Sir? Or Mam?

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