Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Director Steve Dettelbach faced a series of tough questions from Republican Rep. Chip Roy during a Thursday hearing of the House Judiciary Committee. The hearing, titled “Oversight of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives,” focused on an important rule concerning background checks announced by Attorney General Merrick Garland on April 10.

At the center of the questioning was the requirement for individuals to obtain a Federal Firearms License (FFL) before selling firearms. Rep. Roy asked Director Dettelbach about the specifics of the rule and how many firearms would trigger the need for a license. He presented a scenario where a gun owner from Texas wanted to sell a firearm to a fellow Texan. Roy posed the question, “Do I need a license?”

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Director Dettelbach initially hesitated, mentioning that the issue was currently in litigation. However, Rep. Roy insisted on receiving a clear answer. Dettelbach eventually clarified that if the sale was an isolated one and the person involved was not engaged in the business of dealing firearms, no license would be required.

Rep. Roy continued to seek further clarification, presenting hypothetical situations involving occasional firearm sales. Director Dettelbach referred to the totality of circumstances and the specific language used by Congress in addressing these scenarios. He mentioned that inheritance, for example, was not considered engaging in the business and, therefore, did not require a license.

Despite Dettelbach’s attempts to explain the rules and considerations, Rep. Roy expressed frustration on behalf of ordinary citizens who may find it difficult to navigate the complex regulations. He highlighted that with such ambiguity, it was challenging for individuals to know definitively whether they needed a license when selling one, two, three, or five firearms.

The exchange between Rep. Chip Roy and Director Steve Dettelbach underscores the importance of clear communication and transparency in firearms regulations. The hearing shed light on the challenges faced by average citizens in understanding their rights and responsibilities under the law, especially when it comes to firearms transactions.

In another notable exchange with the ATF director Dettelbach, Thomas Massie got him to make a stunning admission about the so-called ‘gun show loophole’ that could potentially have implications on the Biden regime’s attempt to close it. Watch:

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