The Hill: Republicans assail race disclosures in gun purchases

By Tim Devaney, The Hill:

Gun rights advocates in Congress are up in arms over federally mandated racial disclosures in gun purchases.

Republican lawmakers are seeking to roll back a controversial Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) policy that requires people to indicate their race and ethnicity when buying a gun.

The Freedom from Intrusive Regulatory Enforcement of Arbitrary Registration Mandates (FIREARM) Act reintroduced this week by Reps. Diane Black (R-Tenn.) and Ted Poe (R-Texas) would prohibit the ATF from asking questions about race and ethnicity in gun applications.

“Why does it make a difference what my race is, as long as I’m a law-abiding citizen?” asked Black, in an interview with The Hill. “The government should be color blind on all of our rights, whether it’s the right to religion, or guns, or freedom of speech.”

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