“Striving to take action where Congress would not,” the AP reports with startling objectivity (i.e. none at all), “the Obama administration announced new steps Thursday on gun control, curbing the import of military surplus weapons and proposing to close a little-known loophole that lets felons and others circumvent background checks by registering guns to corporations.” The Dorner incident is the only example I can think of where an NFA trust was abused; the killer ex-LA cop used an NFA trust to secure silencers which he used during his rampage. So . . . it’s a feel-good gun control measure which makes it that much harder for law-abiding citizens to exercise their natural, civil and Constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms. As for the ban on importing ex-military weapons into the U.S.—also a complete non-issue on the crime front—I know of one Wyoming Congress critter who won’t be happy . . .
Back in June, Nick reported on U.S. Representative Cynthia Lummis’s H.R. 2247, the Collectible Firearms Protection Act. The Wyoming Republican introduced the legislation to eliminate the Obama administration’s bureaucratic blockade of tens of thousands of ex-mil M1 Garands. It died in Committee. And now it’s double-dead thanks to the President’s Executive Order. I mean, I think that’s how it’s going down.
The AP calls the measures “proposals.” But the chances of them making it through the Republican controlled House of Ill Repute as new legislation are nil. Besides, the nibbles at the 2A fulfill the Prez’ promise yesterday to push civilian disarmament by Presidential fiat. Vice President Joe “Double Barrel” Biden will make the official announcement of the measures at a White House anti-gun agit-prop hoe down later today.
Vice President Joe Biden, Obama’s point-man on gun control after the Newtown tragedy thrust guns into the national spotlight, was set to unveil the new actions Thursday at the White House. The event in the Roosevelt Room will also mark the ceremonial swearing-in for Todd Jones, whose confirmation to head the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives after six years of political wrangling to fill that position was another of Obama’s post-Newtown priorities. A Senate deal to approve the president’s pending nominations after Democrats threatened to change Senate rules cleared the way for Jones’ confirmation last month.
You can bet the Veep will promise more gun control measures while showering love on Jones, the man who threatened actual and potential ATF whistleblowers and did sweet FA to make sure that the agents responsible for Operation Fast and Furious were held accountable for suppling Mexican drug thugs American gun store guns, one of which they used to kill U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry.