August 1, 1997 - Issue: Vol. 143, No. 112 — Daily Edition105th Congress (1997 - 1998) - 1st Session
NEW FEDERAL FIREARMS LICENSE CATEGORY FOR GUNSMITHS
(Extensions of Remarks - August 01, 1997)
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[Extensions of Remarks] [Page E1607] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] NEW FEDERAL FIREARMS LICENSE CATEGORY FOR GUNSMITHS ______ HON. GERALD D. KLECZKA of wisconsin in the house of representatives Thursday, July 31, 1997 Mr. KLECZKA. Mr. Speaker, I call the attention of the House to a problem affecting gunsmiths as a result of the 1994 Crime Act. The 1994 law contained a provision requiring applicants for a new Federal firearms license, or renewal of an existing one, to prove that they are in compliance with any State or local zoning ordinances. Many States and localities have zoning laws that prevent individuals from obtaining dealers' licenses. For licensing purposes, the term ``dealer'' includes any person who makes or repairs firearms, which includes gunsmiths. Therefore, many gunsmiths are now being denied their Federal firearms license. One of my constituents, who is a gunsmith, informed me about his difficulties in complying with the Crime Act. As a result, I have introduced legislation to create a new Federal firearms license category for gunsmiths. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, which administers the Federal license categories, supports creating this new category. My legislation will not allow gunsmiths to sell or transfer firearms, but it will permit them to continue to work in their profession. I urge my colleagues to support this bill. ____________________