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Obama’s New Gun Control Executive Actions

Following up on his promise to unilaterally act on gun control, the Obama administration announced new gun control measures today.

Block import of military surplus weapons

From the White House release:

When the United States provides military firearms to its allies, either as direct commercial sales or through the foreign military sales or military assistance programs, those firearms may not be imported back into the United States without U.S. government approval.  Since 2005, the U.S. Government has authorized requests to reimport more than 250,000 of these firearms.

Today, the Administration is announcing a new policy of denying requests to bring military-grade firearms back into the United States to private entities, with only a few exceptions such as for museums.  This new policy will help keep military-grade firearms off our streets.

It’s unclear how this new policy will apply to weapons like AK variants (for example), and whether it will apply to ammunition as well. Time will tell.

Changes to gun trusts

From the White House release:

At present, when the weapon is registered to a trust or corporation, no background check is run.  ATF reports that last year alone, it received more than 39,000 requests for transfers of these restricted firearms to trusts or corporations.

Today, ATF is issuing a new proposed regulation to close this loophole.  The proposed rule requires individuals associated with trusts or corporations that acquire these types of weapons to undergo background checks, just as these individuals would if the weapons were registered to them individually.  By closing this loophole, the regulation will ensure that machine guns and other particularly dangerous weapons do not end up in the wrong hands.

A regulatory rule does not require congressional authorization, but does go through a review process by the agency. Translation: this one is a done deal.

You can read the White House release here, and read the AP News story here.

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17 Responses to Obama’s New Gun Control Executive Actions

  1. Hillbilly Bob August 29, 2013 at 10:14 am #

    Screw this administration and anyone that voted for them

    • Jay August 29, 2013 at 1:15 pm #

      The only ones getting screwed is us.

  2. Brandon August 29, 2013 at 10:22 am #

    When was the last time anyone was murdered with a machine gun and if class 3 weapon? This is the blind leading the blind again. Executive action is bullshit. Might as well give him full power to bypass Congress.. oh wait

  3. Jake August 29, 2013 at 10:28 am #

    The import restrictions could get VERY interesting. Would it surprise anyone if they banned importing all scary guns, including Glock, HK, Springfield XD, etc, etc?

  4. jim August 29, 2013 at 10:37 am #

    anybody think that there will actually be an election for 2016

  5. Ron McLaren (@rmclaren11) August 29, 2013 at 10:43 am #

    Scary, just a beauty, is in the eye of the beholder. All depends on which end you’re looking at it from. The government is scared of the people and therefore don’t want us to have an equal chance with weapons of the same type they are using. So ban them for sale to the people.

    • Michael Wilson August 29, 2013 at 12:44 pm #

      everyone need to stand up with one loud voice and say…. THERE WILL BE NO EXECUTIVE ORDER REGARDING ANY KIND OF GUN CONTROL. IT IS A SECOND AMMENDMENT AND YOU ARE NOT ALLOWED TO EVEN THINK ABOUT IT.

      i mean whats next, are people going to issue an executive order on free speech too?????

      EVERYONE STAND UP NOW AND VOW TO DISOBEY SAID EXECUTIVE ORDER, THERE HAS NEVER BEEN A PROBLEM WITH SURPLUS AMMO OR WEAPONS BEFORE AND THERE CERTAINLY IS NOT A PROBLEM NOW.

      THROW IT ON THE GROUND AND PISS ON IT!

      amen

  6. TK August 29, 2013 at 10:44 am #

    Well can’t say I’m surprised. I too am anxious to see how far the import restrictions go. With the Traitor-in-Chief, you never know.

  7. Chris H. August 29, 2013 at 10:49 am #

    How is it that the ATF, part of the executive branch of the government, is able to create new legislation, a power reserved for the legislative branch? Sounds to me like pick and choose what you feel like enforcing.

  8. luna August 29, 2013 at 11:09 am #

    Fight this people protest riot if you have to but don’t le try them take our guns…

  9. Trathson August 29, 2013 at 11:12 am #

    We must stop the violent crime caused by these dangerous NFA items. Keep them out of the wrong hands? Go jump off a cliff.

  10. Mike August 29, 2013 at 11:42 am #

    I swear this is the funniest line of garbage that I have ever heard of. How many criminals go out and get a trust or set up a corporation to purchase a class 3 weapon? I’m guessing zero. The best part about this is that he can’t ever get Obamacare enacted correctly. That piece of junk legislation has already delayed 50% of its mandates and the whole thing is supposed to be up and running next year. What a joke the Democrats are.

  11. Allen August 29, 2013 at 11:43 am #

    They just don’t want competition when they sell them to the drug cartels.

  12. R Kline August 29, 2013 at 11:54 am #

    I used to work in DC both in congress and executive branch. The regulatory change the president is seeking usually takes a period if time to complete. Years in some cases. There will also be a set amount of time for public comment and whole lot of interest from congress and industry. What the administrations ends up proposing may not be what ultimately comes out. On top of that, congress can pass a law that directly contradicts the proposed change. And statutory law trumps regulatory law. Call your congressmen and tell ‘em what you think.

  13. Kate September 12, 2013 at 1:00 pm #

    The gun industry has Obama to thank for the tremendous growth in sales of firearms and ammunition. Since the beginning of his administration, these sales have skyrocketed. Because, as you said, the government is afraid of the people. And with him as president it’s no wonder we feel the need to be able to defend themselves.
    Michael Wilson: that’s right! We’re allowed to bear arms! Maybe they will allow us those cute little cork guns that Winnie the Pooh has.

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