I know we’ve discussed the possibility before, but exactly what would be the procedure for a Government Agency to add new fees, record keeping or other restriction onto the purchase of firearms? Would it require the Legislative Branch or could it be done without their involvement?
The ATF could add those, as it did in 1989, but at this point, it would trigger public outrage and court challenges. The matter would also be subject to review by the House, who would likely quash it. Remember that the House controls the budget for the ATF, and that the ATF isn't too popular in those chambers right now.