“President Obama will meet with Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch on Monday to finalize a set of executive actions on guns that he will unveil next week, according to several individuals briefed on the matter.” Considering the Washington Post‘s support for civilian disarmament, you gotta believe a WaPo reporter was one of those “several individuals” the Prez nominated to receive word of the sacred tablets. I mean Executive Orders. Here’s what’s coming down the presidential pike . ..
According to those familiar with the proposal, who asked for anonymity because it was not yet public, the president will expand new background-check requirements for buyers who purchase weapons from high-volume gun dealers.
High-volume gun dealers, eh? Is that like “high-capacity magazines”? If so, it’s only a matter of time before they become “assault gun dealers.” Anyway, this is the not-at-all-secret change in the ATF rules to define who’s “in the business” of selling guns. Anyone who sells more than a certain number per year – I’m thinking 20, but it could be ten – has to run a background check on anyone who buys from them.
Again, not the biggest of big deals. A PITA and an added expense for a lot of folks, but they don’t represent a high percentage of gun owners. You might even say this is/would be a damp squib for the gun control industrial complex.
The president will also use his executive authority in several other areas, these individuals said, but the overall package has not yet been finalized.
THAT’s the scary bit. The President could sign an EO that says to the states, “Send us the name of each prospective gun buyer. We’ll tell you if their name’s on the [super-secret, completely unaccountable] Terrorist Watch List. If you ban them from purchasing or owning firearms, well that’s not unconstitutional. And if someone wants to say it is, that’s your problem. Not ours.” That doesn’t seem to be on the table . . .
Other proposals the administration has been weighing include requiring federally-licensed gun dealers to report any lost and stolen guns to the National Crime Information Center; publishing aggregate background check denial data for guns sold by unlicensed sellers; clarifying that convicted abusers are prohibited from having guns regardless of their marital status; and instructing federal law enforcement to identify and arrest criminals who attempt to buy illegal guns.
You mean they’re not doing that already? I’ll leave you with this, from the President’s weekly radio address:
“A few months ago, I directed my team at the White House to look into any new actions I can take to help reduce gun violence,” he said in the recorded address. “And on Monday, I’ll meet with our Attorney General, Loretta Lynch, to discuss our options.”
“Because I get too many letters from parents, and teachers, and kids, to sit around and do nothing,” Obama continued. “I get letters from responsible gun owners who grieve with us every time these tragedies happen; who share my belief that the Second Amendment guarantees a right to bear arms; and who share my belief we can protect that right while keeping an irresponsible, dangerous few from inflicting harm on a massive scale.”
Divide and conquer? I don’t think so. You? [Nick’s thoughts on the immediate future of gun control follow at 11am EST.]