- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 18, 2014

Rep. Diane Black is introducing a bill today that bans the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms from requesting race and ethnicity information on its so-called 4473 forms required to purchase a gun.

The form — which was revised by ATF in 2012 to create a box that lists ethnicity and then another that defines race — has become a headache for firearms dealers, as many people either check off one box or the other. Failure to complete them both results in an ATF violation.

When a firearm dealer gets audited by the ATF, one violation — no matter how minor — is enough reason to revoke a license.

“This requirement by the ATF is highly intrusive and unnecessary,” said Mrs. Black, Tennessee Republican, in a statement to The Washington Times. “Failing to adhere to this requirement by not checking all of the correct boxes on the 4473 Form is considered an ATF violation that can be so severe as to result in the gun dealer being shut down for having incomplete purchaser forms. My commonsense legislation would simply stop the federal government from requiring businesses and consumers to comply with this ‘race and ethnicity standard.’ “

Federal law does not require the ATF to collect race and ethnicity data as a photo ID, such as a license, and a background check are mandatory to purchase a gun. The ATF has declined to specify why it needs the information and what it is used for.

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