Attorney Tom Odom of Firearms Industry Consulting Group (“FICG”), a division of Prince Law Offices, P.C., was quoted several times in an article appearing in The Guardian newspaper over the weekend addressing the current rulemaking effort by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (“ATF”) to impose additional requirements when trusts and other legal entities purchase firearms regulated under the National Firearms Act. The Guardian reported — as noted months ago on this blog — that in January ATF officials stated to a select audience that no new rule would likely be promulgated prior to 2015. FICG requests for official confirmation of that statement and a request under the Freedom of Information Act have been ignored by ATF. Meanwhile, The Guardian reports that the ATF spokesperson advised only that the development of a new rule “could be later” than initially planned. As with virtually every other aspect of the rulemaking proceeding, ATF thus continues to hide the ball rather than share with the public information it presented in private months ago.
See Jon Swaine, “Obama Plan to Close Gun Loophole Stalled by NRA and Pro-Gun Opposition,” The Guardian, May 3, 2014