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Crenshaw drops bipartisan bill creating ATF appeal route for gun industry: agency ‘has trampled’ on 2A rights

Rep. Dan Crenshaw reintroduced the ATF Accountability Act to Congress on Tuesday, aiming to create the appeals route for firearms companies and small businesses to push back on ATF classification letter rulings that harm business or go against Second Amendment rights.

FIRST ON FOX: Rep. Dan Crenshaw, R-Texas, dropped a bipartisan bill that would create an avenue for firearms companies to appeal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) rulings, Fox News Digital has learned.

Crenshaw reintroduced the ATF Accountability Act to Congress on Tuesday, aiming to create the appeals route for firearms companies and small businesses to push back on ATF classification letter rulings that harm business or go against Second Amendment rights.

The Texas Republican’s bill comes with a GOP majority in the House and after the ATF’s new rule tightening regulations on pistol stabilizing braces that classified guns with the accessory as short-barreled rifles, which require a federal license to own.

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Rep. Dan Crenshaw reintroduced the ATF Accountability Act to Congress on Tuesday, aiming to create the appeals route for firearms companies and small businesses to push back on ATF classification letter rulings that harm business or go against Second Amendment rights.
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The Texas congressman told Fox News Digital that for “far too long, the ATF has trampled on the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens,” calling it “sickening.”

“We saw this most recently with a new rule banning the use of pistol braces – a shameless slap in the face to disabled veterans,” Crenshaw said. “My bill will establish an appeals process that brings ATF in line with most other federal regulatory bodies, and allows small business owners an avenue to fight these unconstitutional attacks – without having to spend tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars challenging the federal government in court.”

“Overzealous, anti-gun government bureaucrats shouldn’t get the final say on blocking Americans from exercising their fundamental rights,” he added.

Sen. Mike Braun, R-Ind., will be introducing the Senate companion bill in the coming days.

Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Texas, joined Crenshaw on the ATF Accountability Act.

Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Texas, joined Crenshaw on the ATF Accountability Act.
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By and large, classification letters from the ATF’s Firearms and Ammunition Technology Division (FATD) are considered binding by the agency and rarely face public input.

No formal appeals process exists for the agency’s FATD rules, which Crenshaw’s bill aims to change. The bill specifically establishes procedures for…

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