Big tip of the hat to Breitbart.com for doing the legwork on the Obama administration’s latest assault to roll back the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding gun owners before it vacates office in 2016.
Via the Justice Department and the Bureaus of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, president Obama is looking to make the following changes, among others, all of which were announced in the Spring 2015 Unified Agenda, a document that “provides federal agencies with the most systematic, government-wide method to alert the public about their upcoming proposed rules.”
Once again, courtesy of Breitbart:
RIN: 1140 AA04–will expand persons barred from gun ownership and possession by including “misdemeanor crime of domestic violence” as grounds for forfeiting the right to “ship, transport, possess, or receive in or affecting commerce firearms or ammunition.” It would also make it “unlawful for any person to sell or otherwise dispose of a firearm or ammunition to any person knowing or having reasonable cause to believe that the recipient has been convicted of such a misdemeanor.”
RIN: 1140 AA47–broadens the number of people barred from gun possession by expanding the ATF’s mental health provisions on background checks. The NRA pointed out that because most mentally ill persons pose no threat to society, the new regulations will actually become “snares [for] masses of mostly harmless individuals.”
RIN: 1140 AA41–impacts FFLs by creating new reporting requirements for lost or stolen guns as well as new reporting requirements for lost or stolen guns that have been recovered.
RIN: 1140-AA43–impacts trusts that hold firearms regulated under the National Firearms Act. The rule requires trusts, corporations or legal entities possessing the guns to produce a “responsible person” who can undergo a background for guns in probate, before they are passed to a descendant. This person would “complete a specified form” and “submit photographs and fingerprints” simply to hold the guns while the estate is settled.
Some of these suggestions have been around for a few years, however, the DOJ is now seeking “final action.”
“The Obama administration hates the Second Amendment, and it’s clear that every place where it can push, it will,” Michael Hammond, legislative counsel for the Gun Owners of America, told The Hill.com. “This is an indication of an anti-gun administration trying to annoy us in any way it can.”
Hammond went on to say that the domestic violence provision could ban guns for “a person who spanked his kid, or yelled at his wife, or slapped her husband” and that “The Obama administration is trying very hard to disqualify people from owning a gun on the basis that they are seeing a psychologist.”
The battle continues. The question is will Obama succeed this time around?