Republicans sound alarm after Biden rule shuts down gun show in Montana

Republican lawmakers are seeking ways to overturn a Biden administration rule aimed toward cracking down on so-called gun show loopholes after the new mandate was used to cancel a gun show in Montana last month. 

The gun show in Hamilton, Montana, was canceled in response to the new Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives rule, which took effect on May 20 and requires vendors selling guns to be federally licensed and to conduct background checks — rules that are typically not enforced at gun shows.

The canceled event, which was supposed to take place on the weekend of May 17 to May 19, raised alarm bells for some Republican lawmakers who warned the new rule could be used as a catalyst for the Biden administration to further restrict
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