We must not begin to think that the Left cares one bit about the people killed in the gun violence this year. I know that we hear a lot from them on the topic, but this is no more than an attempt to use these tragedies as a means to accomplish the things that they want to get done. They wish to, as many European countries have done, relieve the citizenry of their firearms. And now, the Administration is once again seeking to do what they want by speaking law into existence.
President Barack Obama is expected to announce in the coming days a new executive action with the goal of expanding background checks on gun sales, people familiar with White House planning said.
Described as “imminent,” the set of executive actions would fulfill a promise by the President to take further unilateral steps the White House says could help curb gun deaths.
But, the problem is that these new restrictions will do little if anything to stop gun violence. What it will do is create more documentation on gun owners. The rules will tighten up restriction on private sellers.
According to Politico, “Obama will tighten the definition of what it means to be ‘engaged in the business’ of firearms sales.” Currently, those who sell firearms with the “principal objective of livelihood and profit” must have an FFL. Those selling as hobby or those who sell occasionally from a private collection do not. Obama plans to change the language so that those who sell as a hobby will be placed under the same heading as those who sell for a living.
Obama is also expected to add new requirements to the numerous ones already in place for FFLs by “[imposing] tighter rules for reporting guns that get lost or stolen on their way to a buyer.”
So, those who sell as a hobby or from their private collection will now have to file paper work and get a background check on the buyer. This accomplishes a couple of things for the state.
First and most importantly, it makes it harder for people to purchase firearms. Not that those who should not have firearms will have more a difficult time getting them. Rather, those who are legal and eligible to buy firearms will have a period of waiting. They will be delayed in the finalization of their purchase.
Second, the state will have better-running records of who owns what guns. They will know when you buy a gun and how many guns you have. This will make it easier for them to come after your guns. They will know what they are looking for before they get to your house.
But, as we have pointed out about Leftist gun laws, they accomplish nothing to stop the crimes they claim prompted the law.
Neither of these executive gun controls would have prevented even one of high profile shootings from the last decade, but both will succeed in placing a further burden on the exercise of the 2nd Amendment.
All that they are doing is tightening their control. This is just one more thing to restrict or strip us of our liberty. They want citizens they can control, but you cannot control a people who are armed.
Hopefully, the court will stop this unlawful executive order.