What The GAO Report on Mexican Guns Doesn’t Tell You, And What That Tells You

The Government Accounting Office (GAO) recently released a report on guns confiscated by the Mexican police and military, submitted to the ATF for tracing. As RF reported, the document is deeply flawed — by the government’s own admission. For one thing, the GAO report was careful to mention they have no idea of the total number of guns seized by the Mexican government over the time period covered (2009-2014). Also obvious by its absence: a range of data that the ATF must have recorded to run their trace . . .

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U.S. to Mexico Gun Smuggling Stats. Here We Go Again . . .

S(courtesy gao.gov)

Back in the day, the Obama administration ran a black bag job called Operation Fast and Furious. As far as we know, the program was designed to establish a link between American gun stores and Mexican drug thugs, to build a case for an assault weapons ban in the U.S. To hype the issue, the feds claimed there was an “iron river” (their words) of guns flowing south. The ATF touted misleading stats to “prove” its existence. While F&F is history, the ATF is at again. Check this out from npr.org . . .

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ATF Publishes Final Ruling Requiring FFLs Report Guns Lost or Stolen In Transit

Sample FFL

As part of President Obama’s push for tighter restrictions on gun owners and dealers, the ATF has issued their final ruling on requiring gun dealers to report guns that have been lost or stolen in transit. Previously FFLs were able to ship firearms, mark them as being out of their inventory, and forget about it once they had their cash in hand. Now the onus is on the shipping dealer to track that package and ensure that it reaches the intended destination. Naturally the NSSF has taken issue with this, and the rule (as well as their opposition) was explained in an email blast yesterday . . .

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Gunbroker: Obama’s ‘In the Business’ Emphasis Changes Nothing


You may have heard that the President had a few things to say about guns last week. After much anticipation, the gun-controller-in-chief announced a series of new executive branch measures designed to accomplish on his own what he knows he can’t via the traditional, separation-of-powers-as-the-Founders-intended legislative method. After hearing that the ATF’s placing new emphasis on what constitutes being “in the business” of selling firearms (and necessitating a federal firearms license), the Attorney General opined that could mean as few as one or two guns. That lead some People of the Gun to worry about how that might affect on line services like Gunbroker. But as the following statement from Gunbroker head honcho Steve Urvan makes clear, despite all the hype, nothing has really changed . . .

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Gun Deals Gone Bad Part 2: The Inherent Dangers of NFA Transfers

Machine Guns & Ammo

The NFA tax stamp business is complicated, but it’s not that complicated. Anyone with a college degree should be able to have a pretty solid grasp of the legal concepts involved. The next step: find a gun businesses operated by people with college degrees. That’s actually the most difficult part. When buying a gun/ammo/silencer/machine gun/ACCO-WEDGE from an FFL you’re not just buying a tangible product. Let that sink in for a minute . . .

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BloombergView: Courts Will Reject Challenge to Executive Order on Being “In the Business of Selling Guns”

Gun show (courtesy addisonindependent.com)

BloombergView is owned by Michael Bloomberg, the anti-ballistic billionaire bully boy who writes big checks for Everytown for Gun Safety, Mayors Against Illegal Guns, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, The Trace and a gaggle of anti-gun rights Democrats running for political office. I’m not saying BloombergView writer Noah Feldman is in the tank for his boss. Why bother? What I am saying is Feldman’s post Can Courts Stop Obama’s Gun Rules? It’s Unlikely highlights the ridiculousness of President Obama’s executive order on gun sales. Like this . . .

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Who is a ‘Responsible Person’ on an NFA Trust?

Ryan Cleckner (courtesy youtube.com)

This post is by Ryan Cleckner [above], an attorney who specializes in firearms law. It’s republished from ryancleckner.com with the author’s permission.

I recently posted an article exploring the new rules by the ATF concerning NFA trusts. One of the multiple changes discussed in the article, which include the removal of CLEO approval and new rules for handling firearms in an estate, is extra paperwork and approval requirements for “responsible persons.” These “responsible persons” on the trust will need to . . .

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BREAKING: ATF Issues Final Ruling on NFA Trusts, Eliminates CLEO Sign-Off for ALL NFA Paperwork


The ATF has issued its long awaited final ruling expanding the requirement for fingerprints, photo IDs, and background checks for “responsible persons” listed on a trust used to purchase items restricted under the National Firearms Act (such as silencers). The single most concerning possibility of this whole proposal was the idea that by expanding the requirement for a Chief Law Enforcement Officer to sign off on every single NFA application then that would effectively enable local police chiefs to eliminate the ability for law abiding citizens to purchase legal items simply by refusing to sign such documents and without needing to change any laws. That was the primary driving factor behind trusts in the first place (skipping the CLEO sign off), but now it looks like the ATF has eliminated that requirement in its entirety . . .

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Some Good News on Gun-Related Legislation


Reader Adam S. writes:

There has been lots of talk of possible gun bans, 2A-violating laws, and executive orders since the unfortunate incident in San Bernardino. Incidents like that always make people skittish. Will our rights be revoked? Are more attacks coming? Panic buying hasn’t ensued as it did after the Sandy Hook tragedy in 2012, but people are still on edge . . .

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Century Arms AK NOT Linked to Paris Attack. Fast and Furious II?

Paris terrorist attack AK (courtesy dw.com)

“In a Dec. 10 story, The Associated Press incorrectly reported that a gun exported by a Serbian manufacturer to a Florida-based company was involved in the Nov. 13 Paris attacks. In fact, the gun in question was not involved in the attacks and has been in Mexican government custody since March of this year, according to U.S. authorities.” Wait. What? This one gets curiouser and curiouser . . .

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