Remember the border state long gun registry? That was the shiny fig leaf the Obama administration slapped over the at-the-time worsening Fast and Furious controversy that required the reporting and de facto registration of purchases of multiple long guns in California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas. When put in place, the administration said it was just temporary, an emergency measure to combat the “iron river of guns” flowing south to arm Mexico’s drug cartels, fueling murder and mayhem. Somehow, though, they left out the fact that the Justice Department itself was generating most of that effluence, but the fierce moral urgency to take action took precedence. Still, it was only for 180 days, so no biggie. Except now, two years later, based on a David Codrea examiner.com report, it looks like the ATF may want to take the program national . . .
And to the surprise of virtually no one in an election year, the ATF has kept the process very much on the down low:
Titled “Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed eCollection eComments Requested; Report of Multiple Sale or Other Disposition of Certain Rifles,” and assigned OMB Number 1140–0100, the 60-day notice abstract declares “The purpose of this information collection is to require Federal Firearms Licensees to report multiple sales or other dispositions whenever the licensee sells or otherwise disposes of two or more rifles within any five consecutive business days with the following characteristics: (a) Semi automatic; (b) a caliber greater than .22; and (c) the ability to accept a detachable magazine.
“Comments are encouraged and will be accepted for 60 days until June 16, 2014,” the notice advises. That means much of the comment period has already passed with most unaware it ever began. And the ATF website offers no additional information other than links to the notice and to various forms.
Somehow the ATF neglected to even crank out a press release about the public comment period. Probably just a bureaucratic oversight.
“It looks to me as if they are planning a new rule, haven’t proposed it yet, but are trying to get advance clearance under the Paperwork Reduction Act (which you have to comply with separate from the proposed rule,” another adviser speculated to explain the absence. “The agency predicts how many hours it will take to fill out each new form, and OMB gives its approval.”
So the idea now seems to be to shove the rest of the camel under the tent and spread the success that is the border state long gun registration program to the rest of the 57 states. Not that anyone in the mainstream media will raise so much as a peep at the administrative overreach. Why would they, since it so closely comports with their general world view?
As Codrea posits,
Perhaps congressional representatives should be contacted and asked what they know about this, if anything, and if the administration bypassing the elected representatives of the people to enact “gun control” via executive diktat is something that sits OK with them. That might be especially relevant in an election year, as the move seemingly allows the president’s party to keep a low profile on guns until after the elections, while he does their lifting for them.
If you believe the polls, the Democrats already have plenty of electoral challenges on their plate with six months left until the mid-term elections. You wouldn’t think further riling up America’s gun owners at this point would be a good strategy for retaining control of the Senate. But maybe the administration just can’t help themselves.