Attacks on the gun rights of U.S. citizens for a variety of reasons have seemingly intensified in recent days. In the wake of the Trayvon Martin shooting in Florida, the ‘Stand Your Ground’ laws that over half of the states have passed have come under intense scrutiny and criticism.
A South Carolina legislator introduced a proposal to repeal the state’s Stand Your Ground law. Similar measures have been undertaken in Georgia, and Florida has been under pressure to do the same. In addition, the Congressional Black Caucus in Washington, D.C. has called for the repeal of such laws.
Further, the ATF–the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives–has suddenly and inexplicably begun to demand that gun stores in Alaska turn over their ‘Bound Book,’ which contains vital information on every purchase and customer who bought firearms in that place of business.
According to the law, the Bound Book is to stay on premises unless the store goes out of business, at which time it will be turned over to the ATF. The ATF has the right to gain access to the book under any of three stipulations–if there is an ongoing criminal investigation of a customer, if a firearm needs to be traced in an ongoing criminal investigation, or if there is an on site inspection of the store’s records.
The agency has not justified its demands for the Bound Book by citing any of the stipulations.