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The ATF wants to cut gun regulations and find ways to “defend the Second Amendment” under President Trump.
The number two official at the ATF, Ronald B. Turk, submitted a report calling for the deregulation of gun silencers and a lifting of a import ban on semi-automatic rifles, both of which are popular with sport shooters.
Turk said the report was intended to “promote commerce and defend the Second Amendment.”
“Since the sunset of the Assault Weapons ban in 2004, the use of AR-15s, AK-style and similar rifles now commonly referred to as ‘modern sporting rifles’ has increased exponentially in sport shooting,” he wrote. “Action shooting sports and organizations such as 3 Gun and the U.S. Practical Shooting Association have also drastically expanded in recent years.”
“Restrictions on imports serves questionable public safety interests, as these rifles are already generally legally available for manufacture and…