With a change in polarity in the lower chamber of Congress next year, federal gun regulators are already getting letters from Republicans over gun control issues.

U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan, an Ohio Republican set to move into the chair position of the House Judiciary Committee when the new Congress is seated next January, fired off a frank letter this week to Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Director Steve Dettelbach letting him know that changes will be likely. Noting that his office and others have made several requests to ATF for more information on controversial new rulemaking initiatives that have fallen on deaf ears, Jordan raised the prospect of compliance might not be voluntary. 

"If these requests remain outstanding at the beginning of the 118th Congress, the Committee may be forced to resort to compulsory process to obtain the documents," said Jordan in his Nov. 28 letter. "In addition, to advance our oversight, we may require prompt testimony from ATF employees. We expect your unfettered cooperation in arranging for the Committee to receive testimony from ATF employees."

Jordan has repeatedly queried the agency over the past 23 months, saying the Bureau went "well beyond the authority granted the agency in any applicable federal statutes," when it came to new rules on pistol stabilizing braces and the definition of frames and receivers." 

"The Biden Administration is coming for your Second Amendment rights," the Congressman said on social media last month. "We won’t let them off the hook."

Banner image: SIG Sauer MPX 9mm pistol with a stabilizing brace (Photo: Guns.com)

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