Safe Explosives Act of 2002
How it affects Boomershoot
On November 25, 2002 President Bush signed the Homeland Security Act of 2002 and with it the Safe Explosives Act of 2002. This amended Federal law (see also the ATFE newsletter regarding the changes) in an effort to reduce the risk explosives would be used by terrorists:
Previously the manufacture and sale of explosives strictly within the borders of one state was regarded as outside the domain of the Federal Government. It was through the interstate commerce clause the Federal Government obtained it's authority to regulate explosives at all. As seen above intrastate (as opposed to interstate) commence was considered a "loophole". No rationale was given for the authority the Federal Government had to encroach upon what has always been considered a matter of the individual states.
The impact upon Boomershoot is the following:
This adversely affects the event because people show up from all over the country (and Canada) to help put on and participate in this yearly event. Submitting personal information and being put in a government database has a chilling effect on people just wanting to help with a once a year event.
Email: Joe Huffman