Fair Treatment of FFL Dealers by the ATF

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We, the undersigned are petitioning for the fair treatment of licensed law abiding firearm dealers by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).

Federally licensed dealers across the nation are being targeted and shut down for minor and unintentional clerical errors. Imagine having your drivers license revoked because you did not completely spell out the word no when answering a yes or no question on your application 5 years ago.

The ATF begins with an audit revealing petty violations which are usually minor clerical errors. They list these errors as "willful" which congress set in the wording to protect FFL dealers. The dealers Federal Firearms License is then revoked and the dealer must enter an appeals process which is extremely unfair. You appeal to the ATF and they in turn decide that they were right in revoking your license. This is the equivalent of being in court and having the prosecuting attorney act as an adviser to the judge. The dealer must then take the case to Federal court incurring months of litigation and astronomical legal fees.

We demand that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) be stopped in their blatant targeting of law abiding dealers and that a fair, constitutional and speedy appeals process put into place.