Effective as of this past Monday, the Firearms Transaction Record, widely referred to as the “Form 4473,”which is mandated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives for individuals to purchase firearms from licensed dealers, has been modified to require transferees to identify if their “ethnicity” is “Hispanic or Latino,” attorney and author Evan Nappen reported yesterday on the Pro-Gun New Hampshire website.
“Failure to do so will cause potential criminal prosecution and a denial of Second Amendment Rights,” Nappen writes. “The Form 4473 has been around since 1968, but never before has one ethnic group been singled out where individuals have to affirmatively state whether they ARE or ARE NOT a member.”
“What if the ‘ethnicity’ question demanded ‘Jew or Not a Jew’?” Nappen asked. “Would that ethnicity question be acceptable?
“[I]t is offensive and not necessary,” he concluded.” It has nothing whatsoever to do with one’s qualification to purchase a gun.”
Another Form 4473 category curious by its absence in light of protracted U.S. military involvement fighting global and domestic terror is one identifying people of Middle Eastern ethnicity, which is instead apparently lumped into the “White” (Arab) and “Asian” (Pakistani) categories. If that is deemed sufficient for security and law enforcement purposes, why Hispanics/Latinos are being singled out could be perceived as even more offensive, as it apparently presupposes government suspicions requiring they all must undergo a universal cartel affiliation check.
Unchanged on the form, and still a serious cause of discrimination against people of color if the Department of Justice is to be believed, is the requirement for government-issued photo identification. Inexplicably, just as Massachusetts Democrats demanded it at their convention, the NAACP also required media attendees for Attorney General Eric Holder’s speech to show theirs, Katie Pavlich of Townhall.com reported yesterday.
UPDATE: Attorney responds to claim that consistency was purpose behind ATF form change