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NCJ Number: 186116 Find in a Library
Title: Target America: Can the Flood of Foreign Assault Weapons Be Stopped?
Corporate Author: Violence Policy Ctr
United States of America
Date Published: March 1998
Page Count: 73
Sponsoring Agency: Violence Policy Ctr
Washington, DC 20036
Sale Source: Violence Policy Ctr
1730 Rhode Island Avenue, NW
Suite 1014
Washington, DC 20036
United States of America
Type: Legislation/Policy Analysis
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study focuses on the debate over the importation of foreign-made semiautomatic assault rifles modified by manufacturers for sporting purposes and over the decision of the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF) to use gun-by-gun analyses instead of import criteria that define assault weapons as a distinct class of firearm.
Abstract: News media in 1997 began reporting that ATF would again allow imports of the Uzi assault rifle, although imports of such weapons had supposedly been banned since 1989. The President moved to counteract ATF’s lax import criteria by issuing a memorandum requiring a review of the criteria related to sporting purposes and suspending all outstanding import permits. The ATF director surveyed shooting magazine editors and sports groups in December 1997. The National Rifle Association and some firearm manufacturers responded to this inquiry with a coordinated campaign to deluge ATF with comments urging that the weapons in question be approved for import. The Violence Policy Center protested the closed process by which ATF was conducting the sporting purposes test review. ATF invited the Center to submit further information on the issue; the Center responded in January 1998 and made specific recommendations for a rule. However, the ATF actions on foreign-made assault weapons has better served the interests of foreign manufacturers and firearm importers than the public. The analysis concludes that ATF should abandon its gun-by-gun approach and develop a comprehensive rule that considers assault weapons a specific class of firearm. Photographs from advertisements and catalogs, information on criminal traces, and appended background information
Main Term(s): Violence prevention
Index Term(s): Assault weapons; Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATFE or ATF); Crime prevention planning; Firearm imports/exports; Gun Control; Import/export regulations
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