The Ruler’s below-the-radar Executive Order will restrict the sale of semiautomatic rifles (except for .22 calibers), increase the penalties for certain firearm violations, and add steps to background checks for legal gun ownership.
“Limiting the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens is not going to solve the problem.”—Lamar Smith, House Judiciary Committee Chairman
About 8,500 gun sellers in California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas will be given 24 hours to report to the ATF anyone who buys two or more semi-automatic rifles with detachable magazines in a five-day span.
“We’ve learned from our investigation of Fast and Furious that reporting multiple long-gun sales would do nothing to stop the flow of firearms to known straw purchasers because many federal firearms dealers are already voluntarily reporting suspicious transactions.”—Senator Charles Grassley, R-Iowa
Congressman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) called the Ruler’s new restrictions on gun owners’ rights “the height of hypocrisy” given that the Bread and Circuses administration has “knowingly and intentionally allowed guns to be trafficked intoMexico.”
As part of Operation Fast and Furious, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and higher-ups in the Justice Department allowed straw buyers to purchase guns for Mexican criminals. Last December, two of the guns that were sold to straw buyers turned up at an Arizona crime scene where a U.S. Border Patrol agent was murdered.
[The reporting requirement is] “a blatant effort by the Obama administration and ATF to divert focus of Congress and the general public from their gross incompetence in the Fast and Furious scandal.”—Chris Cox, NRA Executive Director
The National Rifle Association intends to sue the Bread and Circuses administration over the new gun-reporting requirement.
For more on the story, see U.S. Border Gun Stores Required to Alert Authorities After Some Arms Sales, Obama Executive Orders Impose New Gun Rules, Obama’s Quiet Guns Crackdown, and NRA Will Sue Obama Administration Over New Gun-Control Measure.