Obama Considers Issuing Executive Order On Gun Purchases That Would Solve Nothing

Liberals have never met a gun control idea that they don’t like, as long as it is one that only affects those who are law abiding citizens who do not use their guns in a criminal manner. Going after those who actually use guns criminally or may use them criminally? Please. Any sort of law enforcement methods will be trampled in the rush to protect the criminals. Obama, who said he wasn’t visiting Oregon to be political, decided to trot out another idea yesterday that would do absolutely nothing

(Washington Post) In response to the latest mass shooting during his presidency, President Obama is seriously considering circumventing Congress with his executive authority and imposing new background-check requirements for buyers who purchase weapons from high-volume gun dealers.

Under the proposed rule change, dealers who exceed a certain number of sales each year would be required to obtain a license from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and perform background checks on potential buyers. (snip)

The proposed executive action aims to impose background checks on individuals who buy from dealers who sell a significant number of guns each year. The current federal statute dictates that those who are “engaged in the business” of dealing firearms need to obtain a federal license — and, therefore, conduct background checks — but exempts anyone “who makes occasional sales, exchanges, or purchases of firearms for the enhancement of a personal collection or for a hobby, or who sells all or part of his personal collection of firearms.”

The gist of this is that there are dealers who sell a small amount of guns each year and are not required to perform background checks. These are dealers, really, average citizens, who engage in buying and selling “as a hobby”. Many of them are selling antique guns and hunting rifles. The change being considered would consider that anyone selling more than so many guns yearly (they haven’t decided on a number yet, though 50 or 100 is being bandied) would need to be licensed.

What’s not stated or known is how many criminals actually purchase their guns in this manner. Can any crime be linked to these types of hobby dealers? This is simply an “I’m doing something!!!!!!!” or, better, “I’m thinking of doing something!!!!!” idea that won’t make a difference in the least. Think about how well gun control is working in Chicago

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