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Changes coming in the FFL laws and regulations.

The NRA reports it is picking up some early indications that there may be some changes ahead for the holders of Federal Firearms Licenses. "It looks like the Treasury (Department) is going to take a lot more active role -- particularly the BATF -- in administering the '68 Gun Control Act," said Patrick O'Malley of the NRA's Institute for Legislative Action.

"I wouldn't be surprised if there is an attempt to make the FFL application fee on the order of $500 instead of $30, make it renewable every six months, mandate a thorough background check ... that sort of thing," he said. "We certainly don't object to having background checks done on FFL applicants, but neither do we want to change the system so that somebody who wants to start a business has to stand around for a year and a half before he gets his permit.

"So, if you're going to mandate that the BATF do a whole new regimen in evaluating FFL applicants, make sure they've got the manpower and money to do the job."

O'Malley noted that the media also seems to be actively attempting to set the tone for changes in the FFL issuing system with television programs -- such as ABC's 20/20 -- claiming that some FFL's currently are going to criminals.

Speculation that Stephen Higgins will continue as director of the BATF doesn't bother the NRA. "Higgins has not been an enemy of gunowners," O'Malley said.

The number of people in the Clinton entourage who are active in anti-gun groups is of more concern to the NRA -- and other pro-gun groups.
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Title Annotation:Industry News; federal firearms licenses
Publication:Shooting Industry
Date:Feb 1, 1993
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