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WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho), Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), John Cornyn (R-Texas), Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), and 40 Senate Republicans  introduced a joint resolution of disapproval to strike down the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ (ATF) rule on the definition of “Engaged in the Business” as a Dealer in Firearms, which ignores the law and congressional intent and flagrantly violates the Constitution to try to require anyone who sells a firearm to register as a federal firearm licensee.

“Lawful gun ownership is protected in America, yet every day there is a new liberal campaign attempting to make it harder for Idahoans to exercise their Second Amendment rights,” said Risch. “This Biden administration rule makes it near impossible for lawful gun owners to sell their firearms to friends and family they trust without facing significant costs.”

“Once again, the Biden Administration resorts to underhanded methods of advancing its anti-gun agenda.  This time it would force private citizens to jump through bureaucratic hoops to engage in lawful transactions.  This CRA is a stand against constitutional infringements at the hands of the Biden Administration,” said Crapo.

“This rule is proof that the Biden administration is a dishonest broker, and Congress must hold it accountable for its actions in favor of its gun-grabbing liberal base over the Constitutional rights of law-abiding Americans,” said Cornyn. “We will fight this lawless rule tooth and nail to ensure the God-given right to keep and bear arms is preserved and this flagrant distortion of congressional intent of our landmark mental health and school safety law is struck down.”

“It is outrageous that the Biden Administration decided to take a good faith effort to curb the mental health crisis across our country and turn it into an unconstitutional attempt to restrict firearms from law-abiding American citizens,” said Tillis. “This overreach is exactly why Republicans don’t trust this Administration, and it will setback any attempt on future bipartisan legislation as long as President Biden is in office. I encourage my colleagues to support this CRA we introduced and immediately overturn this ridiculous regulation.”

Senators  Roger Marshall (R-Kan.), Ted Budd (R-N.C.), Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), John Kennedy (R-La.), Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.), Steve Daines (R-Mont.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Rick Scott (R-Fla.), Shelley Moore Capito (R-W. Va.), Pete Ricketts (R-Neb.), John Boozman (R-Ark.), Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyo.), John Hoeven (R-N.D.), Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Dan Sullivan (R-Ala.), Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.), Markwayne Mullin (R-Okla.), Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), Bill Cassidy (R-La.), Mike Lee (R-Utah), Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), Mitt Romney (R-Utah), James Lankford (R-Okla.), John Thune (R-S.D.), Tommy Tuberville (R-Ala.), Tim Scott (R-S.C.), Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), Mike Braun (R-Ind.), Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), J.D. Vance (R-Ohio), John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), Katie Britt (R-Ala.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Eric Schmitt (R-Mo.), and Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) joined the resolution.

The resolution is endorsed by Gun Owners of America (GOA), the National Rifle Association (NRA) and the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF).