The ATF is loosening restrictions on the sale of guns to noncitizens, reports the New York Times.
Justice Department lawyers have decided that a rule requiring noncitizens to document that they have lived in a state for at least 90 days has no legal basis, according to a letter sent to firearms dealers on Thursday, reports the Times.
Citizens also must generally be residents in the states they purchase firearms in, but the 90-day rule does not apply to them.
“Once the regulations have been revised, both U.S. citizens and aliens legally present in the U.S. will be subject to the same requirements for state residency and proof of residency,” the A.T.F. said in the letter.
Gun control advocates such as Senator Frank R. Lautenberg, Democrat of New Jersey, had immediate criticism of the move. The change in law “defies common sense and puts Americans at risk” by making it easier for foreign terrorists to buy guns in the US, said Lautenberg, the Times reported.
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