(NationalSentinel) It’s been a long, long time since a ranking member of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) has proposed loosening gun control regulations, but that did just happen.

As reported by the Washington Post the second-highest ranking official at ATF, Ronald B. Turk, associate deputy director and chief operating officer of the ATF, has called for “removing restrictions on the sale of gun silencers; allowing gun dealers to have more guns used in crimes traced to their stores before the federal government requires additional information from the dealer; and initiating a study on lifting the ban on imported assault weapons.”

In a new white paper, Turk made observations that are music to the ears of all Americans who support the Second Amendment’s right to keep and bear arms.

“Restriction on imports serves questionable public safety interests, as these rifles are already generally legally available for manufacture and ownership in the United States,” Turk wrote of the ban on imported AR-15s and AK-style weapons, the Post noted.

The National Rifle Association has been pushing for many of the regulatory changes for years that were contained in the white paper.

“We look forward to working with the new attorney general as he puts the focus of the Justice Department back where it belongs — on prosecuting violent criminals, not harassing law-abiding gun owners. After eight years of overreach by the Obama administration, it’s time to roll back regulations that serve no legitimate law enforcement purpose,” Chris W. Cox, executive director of the NRA Institute for Legislative Action, told the Post.

The paper notes that its purpose is “to provide the new administration and the Bureau multiple options to consider and discuss regarding firearms regulations.”

On the campaign trail, candidate Donald J. Trump often expressed his full support for the Second Amendment as it’s written, because he believes in an individual’s right to own firearms. He even said he sometimes carries concealed himself.

Some have suggested this paper is a way for Turk to endear himself to Trump in the hopes that the president will name him to head up his agency. Time will tell, but the views Turk expressed do seem to be in line with those of this administration.

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