ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A federal appeals court has upheld the government’s right to demand that gun dealers in Southwestern border states tell authorities if someone buys more than two semi-automatic rifles within five days.
The 10th U.S Circuit Court of appeals said it was siding with other appellate courts in affirming a lower court’s decision in favor of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
Ron Peterson Firearms of Albuquerque and two other gun shops filed suit challenging a demand letter from the ATF to certain gun shops in Arizona, California, New Mexico and Texas. The letter requires them to notify authorities if someone buys more than two of the rifles in a five-day span.
The letter was issued as part of an ATF effort to crackdown on weapons trafficking to Mexico.