by McGuire | December 10, 2015 1:19 pm
Surely, you jest, Obama. Loosening restrictions on foreigners buying guns while demanding gun control for citizens? Even this is below the level of stupid you normally operate at:
A little known change was made to gun control laws but nothing that would benefit American citizens.
In 2011, the Obama Administration decided to change a 1998 law that forced foreigners to prove they lived in the country for 90 days before purchasing a firearm.
For some reason, Obama feels that United States federal law shouldn’t have ‘different gun-control rules for noncitizens.’
The Obama administration has decided to eliminate a 1998 restriction on the sale of guns to foreigners, claiming federal law does not allow the government to have different gun-control rules for noncitizens.
In a letter to firearms dealers, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) said it would no longer require sellers to obtain proof from foreign buyers that they have lived in the state for 90 days. The rule was originally instituted after a disturbed Palestinian, 69-year-old Ali Abu Kamal, admitted to the United States on a legal nonimmigrant visa, bought a 380-caliber Beretta semiautomatic handgun in Florida and, on the observation deck of the Empire State Building in New York City, shot to death one person and injured six others.
“The Department of Justice … has recently concluded that, as a matter of law, applying a more stringent State residency requirement for aliens legally present in the U.S. than for U.S. citizens is incompatible with the language of the [Gun Control Act],” the ATF letter reads.
From the ATF:
There is no change with respect to nonimmigrant aliens who were admitted under a nonimmigrant visa. The interpretation of the Gun Control Act affects aliens who are lawfully in the United States without a nonimmigrant visa.
Nonimmigrant aliens lawfully admitted to the United States without a visa (e.g. Visa Waiver Program), will not be prohibited from shipping, transporting, receiving, or possessing firearms or ammunition, provided that they meet State of residency requirements and are not otherwise prohibited from shipping, transporting, receiving, or possessing firearms.
So here we have a President, along with his flunky Democrat minions, DEMANDING anyone on the completely unconstitutional ‘No Fly List’ be prohibited from purchasing firearms yet they changed the rules to allow foreigners to more easily purchase firearms in this country a few years back.
Of course, not many people probably know about this change in the rules.
It was reported on by the New York Times way back when:
While citizens, too, must generally be residents of a state in order to buy weapons there, the 90-day rule does not apply to them. The letter said the Justice Department had concluded that the Gun Control Act does not empower the A.T.F. to impose a stricter requirement on noncitizen gun buyers.
“Once the regulations have been revised, both U.S. citizens and aliens legally present in the U.S. will be subject to the same requirements for state residency and proof of residency,” the A.T.F. said in the letter.
The announcement drew criticism from some advocates of gun control measures, including Senator Frank R. Lautenberg, Democrat of New Jersey, who said that it “defies common sense and puts Americans at risk” because it could make it easier for foreign terrorists to obtain weapons inside the United States.
How does this make any sense whatsoever? Obama continually pushes for more gun control laws against law-abiding citizens yet he eased up a law for foreigners?
This is so stupid. No citizen is going to actually fall for this line of crap, but nice try.
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