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Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comments Requested

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ACTION:

60-day notice of information collection under review:

Permanent Provisions of the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act.

The Department of Justice (DOJ), Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), has submitted the following information collection request to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. The proposed information collection is published to obtain comments from the public and affected agencies. Comments are encouraged and will be accepted for “sixty days” until August 30, 2004. This process is conducted in accordance with 5 CFR 1320.10.

If you have comments especially on the estimated public burden or associated response time, suggestions, or need a copy of the proposed information collection instrument with instructions or additional information, please contact Bernard Teyssier, Brady Operations Branch, 244 Needy Road, Martinsburg, West Virginia 25401.

Written comments and suggestions from the public and affected agencies concerning the proposed collection of information are encouraged. Your comments should address one or more of the following four points:

—Evaluate whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility,

—Evaluate the accuracy of the agencies estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used,

—Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected, and

—Minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including through the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology, e.g., permitting electronic submission of responses.

Overview of this information collection:

(1) Type of Information Collection: Extension of a currently approved collection.

(2) Title of the Form/Collection: Permanent Provisions of the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act.

(3) Agency form number, if any, and the applicable component of the Department of Justice sponsoring the Start Printed Page 39500collection: Form Number: None. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

(4) Affected public who will be asked or required to respond, as well as a brief abstract: Primary: Business or other for-profit. Other: Individual or households. The information collection is submitted to implement the permanent provisions of the Brady Law. These provisions provide for the establishment of a national instant criminal background check system (NICS), which requires that a firearms licensee must contact NICS before transferring any firearm to unlicensed individuals. Section 478.150 provides for an alternative to NICS in certain geographical locations.

(5) An estimate of the total number of respondents and the amount of time estimated for an average respondent to respond: It is estimated that 106,000 respondents will comply with the provisions of the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act.

(6) An estimate of the total public burden (in hours) associated with the collection: Since 1994, no licensee has qualified for an exception from the provisions of the Brady Act based on geographical location. Therefore, the total annual burden associated with this information collection is 1 hour.

If additional information is required contact: Brenda E. Dyer, Deputy Clearance Officer, Policy and Planning Staff, Justice Management Division, Department of Justice, Patrick Henry Building, Suite 1600, 601 D Street, NW., Washington, DC 20530.

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Dated: June 24, 2004.

Brenda E. Dyer,

Deputy Clearance Officer, Department of Justice.

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[FR Doc. 04-14773 Filed 6-29-04; 8:45 am]

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