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Republicans don't want people who buy guns to have to disclose their race anymore

Rep. Diane Black.
Rep. Diane Black.
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  1. House Republicans have introduced legislation that would stop the collection of race and ethnicity data of people who buy guns, the Hill reports.
  2. Gun retailers have been collecting this information since 2012, when the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives amended the form gun buyers and sellers must complete in a transaction to indicate the race and ethnicity of the buyer. That means potential gun buyers must select from Indian, Asian, black, Pacific Islander, or white and indicate whether they identify as Hispanic/Latino.
  3. The Freedom From Intrusive Regulatory Enforcement of Arbitrary Registration Mandates (FIREARM) Act, which Reps. Diane Black (R-TN) and Ted Poe (R-TX) introduced Monday, would strike down this policy, which has been controversial among gun advocates since its inception.

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