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Source: United States House of Representatives – Congressman Ken Buck (4th District of Colorado)

October 23, 2020

Press Release

WASHINGTON — Congressman Ken Buck (R-Colo.) spearheaded a letter supported by over 100 Republican members of the U.S. House to Attorney General William Barr addressing concerns regarding the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives’ (ATF) actions to limit third-party processors’ ability to assist law-abiding Americans to complete the National Firearms Act (NFA) eForms submission process. This eForm submission process was launched in 2014, however, ATF recently limited third-party processors’ ability to assist American taxpayers in gun-purchase processing, despite prior congressional recommendations to streamline this process. 

 Although the ATF previously acknowledged the important contributions of third-party processors and assured collaboration on the next iteration of the eForms system, recent restrictions do not align with this recognition. Rep. Ken Buck insists that this is an infringement on Second Amendment rights due to the unnecessary overcomplication it causes for rightful firearm ownership. He and his colleagues are urging the DOJ to issue guidance clarifying how third-party processors can continue assisting taxpayers in completing the NFA eForms submission process. 

Congressman Ken Buck (R-Colo.) said: 

“We need to ensure this process allows Americans to fully exercise their Second Amendment rights. I’m proud to lead this letter with over 100 of my Republican colleagues in the House ensuring our right to keep and bear arms is protected.”


  • Text of the letter can be found here.
  • In a letter dated October 22, 2019, 56 members of Congress wrote to the ATF highlighting the benefits of third-party processors and urging Acting Director Lombardo to work with third-party processors to implement an e-filing system that allows these companies to assist the American people in exercising their Second Amendment rights.