On Monday Nick Leghorn wrote about an internal memo that highlights some proposed pro-gun moves by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. The policy change proposals in the internal “white paper” stand as good news…at least on the surface. However, these proposals – while laudable – may only serve as an effort to blunt other more ambitions efforts in the works that would roll back 80 years of gun control in America.
Make no mistake, the BATF bureaucrats didn’t suddenly find Jesus. And they surely haven’t repented for any past sins. They know that if Congress passes legislation striking these rules and regulations — in contrast to administrative rule changes by the Bureau — any new laws passed would make it much more difficult for a subsequent administration to put restrictions back in place. It would literally take an act of Congress.
Yes, Donald Trump is draining the swap. And in this case, the slimy swamp creatures are looking to limit any long-term damage to Big Gun Control schemes before the Congress or the president get involved in legislatively. The white paper proposals are an attempt to do just that. As Nick noted, these proposals aren’t yet official, but they serve as an indication of the general directions of things to come. While changes to bureau-level rules are good, we should go farther, seeking permanent changes through the law-making process.
Hoplophobic bureaucrats fear what the U.S. House did last week to President Obama’s Social Security gun ban, moving to strike the new rule. That legislation now goes to the U.S. Senate. President Trump will no doubt sign the bill if it reaches his desk. Once that happens, Obama’s onerous “rule” couldn’t return without difficult-to-pass future legislation. Let’s hope there’s more of the same in our future.