WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, Congressman Ted Poe (TX-02) issued the following statement on the passage of their amendment to the Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill of 2015. This amendment prohibits the federal government from requiring race or ethnicity to be disclosed in connection with the purchase of a firearm.

“Under the current Administration, The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) has been implementing a change to its Form 4473, which requires firearm purchasers to disclose their race and ethnicity when buying a firearm,” said Rep. Poe. “Failure to answer these questions is an ATF violation which puts gun retailers at risk and possibly out of business. American citizens should not be forced to disclose their race in order to exercise their second amendment rights. Forcing Americans to disclose their race and ethnicity in order to purchase firearms is wrong and needs to be stopped.”