Nice while it lasted... but never actually trained any civilians as far as known, just posturing and grandstanding; now it's a main federal law-enforcement-funding program and gun-control measure, severely cut back by funding shortages. 42 U.S.C. § 3760 (Byrne grants) were repealed by P.L. 109-162, Title XI, § 111(b)(1), 119 Stat. 3101 (Jan. 5, 2006). The info below remains for historical purposes. See what it is currently: http://www.ncsl.org/default.aspx?tabid=12700
THE BYRNE GRANT
Reclaim some of your tax dollars
Make a political statement
And do good:
------------------------------------------------------ HOW TO USE TAX DOLLARS FOR PRIVATE
Firearms trainers nationwide can use
Author Calls For National Gun-Safety Training Campaign
A little-known provision signed into law by President Clinton in 1998 would pay for civilian firearms instructors to teach gun safety
to the general public.
"It's obvious the public needs to know more about gun safety, just read
the news," says Alan Korwin, author of "Gun Laws of America," an
unabridged guide to the massive federal gun laws. "This brand new law
will save lives, and protect our families," he said. "All we have to do
is use it."
Korwin is campaigning to get trainers to use the federal training
dollars made available by the President. In 1998, $46.5 million was
appropriated for various programs under the Byrne Memorial grants.
Administered by the Bureau of Justice Assistance under the Dept. of
Justice, federal law now authorizes grants to individuals who teach the
public about lawful use of guns. Korwin is encouraging trainers
nationwide to apply for the grant money, on standard DOJ forms, and use
it to finance and expand existing firearm-training classes nationwide.
If you knew all your rights you might demand them.
UPDATE, February 2006. Although the law specifically allows for using
this money to train the public, the public has been completely locked
out of the process, as far as I can tell. The federal web pages, which
have been changed (new link listed above), don't even seem to have a spot
for citizen application anymore, and the application form has been removed
(or relocated). If you can find these, let me know. Is it good that the
Congress passes laws in our behalf, and then bureaucrats deny us the benefits
of those laws? No.
From Edition 3, "Gun Laws of America"
P.L. 105-277 Enacted Oct. 21, 1998
H11063 SEC. 120. Firearm Safety Education Grants.
The Gist: Congress and the President agreed to provide federal funds,
through the Byrne Discretionary Grant program, to private gun-safety
trainers for educating the general public. Covers education and
training programs for "the lawful and safe ownership, storage, carriage,
or use of firearms," including the use of secure gun storage or safety
devices. Such funds are prohibited for advocating gun control.
(a) IN GENERAL. -- Section 510 of the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe
Streets Act of 1968 (42 U.S.C. 3760 <included below>) is amended --
(1) in subsection (a), by striking paragraph (1) and inserting the
''(1) undertaking educational and training programs for --
''(A) criminal justice personnel; and
''(B) the general public, with respect to the lawful and safe ownership,
storage, carriage, or use of firearms, including the provision of secure
gun storage or safety devices;'';
(2) in the first sentence of subsection (b), by inserting before the
period the following: ''and is authorized to make grants to, or enter
into contracts with, those persons and entities to carry out the
purposes specified in subsection (a)(1)(B) in accordance with subsection
(3) by adding at the end the following:
''(c)(1) In accordance with this subsection, the Director may make a
grant to, or enter into a contract with, any person or entity referred
to in subsection (b) to provide for a firearm safety program that, in a
manner consistent with subsection (a)(1)(B), provides for general public
training and dissemination of information concerning firearm safety,
secure gun storage, and the lawful ownership, carriage, or use of
firearms, including the provision of secure gun storage or safety
''(2) Funds made available under a grant under paragraph (1) may not be
used (either directly or by supplanting non-Federal funds) for
advocating or promoting gun control, including making communications
that are intended to directly or indirectly affect the passage of
Federal, State, or local legislation intended to restrict or control the
purchase or use of firearms.
''(3) Except as provided in paragraph (4), each firearm safety program
that receives funding under this subsection shall provide for
evaluations that shall be developed pursuant to guidelines that the
Director of the National Institute of Justice of the Department of
Justice, in consultation with the Director of the Bureau of Justice
Assistance and recognized private entities that have expertise in
firearms safety, education and training, shall establish.
''(4) With respect to a firearm safety program that receives funding
under this section, the Director may waive the evaluation requirement
described in paragraph (3) if the Director determines that the program
''(A) is not of a sufficient size to justify an evaluation; or
''(B) is designed primarily to provide material resources and supplies,
and that activity would not justify an evaluation.''.
(b) EFFECTIVE DATE. -- The amendments made by this section shall take
effect on the earlier of --
(1) October 1, 1998; or
(2) the date of enactment of this Act.
U.S.C. Title 42 Sec. 3760. Purposes
(a) The purpose of this subpart is to provide additional Federal
financial assistance to public or private agencies and private nonprofit
organizations for purposes of -
(1) undertaking educational and training programs for criminal justice
(2) providing technical assistance to States and local units of
(3) undertaking projects which are national or multijurisdictional in
scope and which address the purposes specified in section 3752 of this
(4) providing financial assistance to public agencies and private
nonprofit organizations for demonstration programs which, in view of
previous research or experience, are likely to be a success in more than
(b) In carrying out this subpart, the Director <of the Bureau of Justice
Assistance> is authorized to make grants to, or enter into contracts
with non-Federal public or private agencies, institutions, or
organizations or individuals to carry out any purpose specified in
section 3751(b) of this title. The Director shall have final authority
over all funds awarded under this subpart.
BACKGROUNDER (from the BJA website)
The Byrne Discretionary Grant Program
The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) provides criminal justice support
primarily through the Edward Byrne Memorial State and Local Law
Enforcement Assistance Program. Under this program, BJA awards two types
of grants: formula grants to States and territories and discretionary
grants to public and private agencies and private non-profit
The Discretionary Grant Program Division provides Federal financial
assistance to grantees for the following activities directly related to
crime and violence prevention and control: educational and training
programs for criminal justice personnel <Note: Includes the public as of
1999>; technical assistance to State and local units of government;
projects that are national or multijurisdictional in scope; and
financial assistance for demonstration programs that, in view of
previous research or experience, are likely to be successful in more
than one jurisdiction.
For fiscal year 1998, $46.5 million was appropriated for the
Discretionary Grant Program. Program priorities focused on developing
and implementing comprehensive approaches to crime, neighborhood-based
programs with active citizen involvement, and violence prevention and
control initiatives. Emphases were on youth violence and on improving
the ability of the criminal justice system to remove serious and violent
offenders from communities.
NOTE TO APPLICANTS, from Bloomfield Press
-- Talk with your elected federal representatives and their staffs to
help you prepare an application and improve its chances of acceptance.
-- Get and read the ten page BJA Fact Sheet on the Byrne Grant from
their website. Note that the website has not been updated yet to
reflect the new law. Of 26 previously authorized purposes that qualify
for funding, two appear to be best suited:
4. Community and neighborhood programs to assist citizens in preventing
and controlling crime, including special programs that address crimes committed
against the elderly and crime in rural jurisdictions.
18. Programs to improve the criminal and juvenile justice system's
response to domestic and family violence, including spouse abuse, child abuse,
and abuse of the elderly.
-- The new legislatively authorized purpose, as stated in the law, is:
"undertaking educational and training programs for --
'''(B) the general public, with respect to the lawful and safe
ownership, storage, carriage, or use of firearms, including the
provision of secure gun storage or safety devices;''.
Please keep us posted of your progress.
Alan Korwin BLOOMFIELD PRESS
4848 E. Cactus, #505-440 Scottsdale, AZ 85254
1-800-707-4020 Orders firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.gunlaws.com We publish the gun laws.
Copyright 1999 Alan Korwin
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