Administration announces new gun control measures, targets military surplus imports
The Obama administration unexpectedly announced two new gun control measures on Thursday, including one that would curb the import of military surplus weapons -- in a move that could anger collectors.It's really hard to see this as anything other than a direct slap at gun owners, it really is. Semi-automatic rifles from foreign sources are already under strict regulation for importation - we can thank George HW Bush for that. They have to meet "sporting purposes" requirements for importation into the United States, an arbitrary and capricious standard that *very* few semi-automatic military surplus rifles meet (I think SKSs, FN-49s, and SVT-40s are the only ones that do).
Vice President Biden was announcing the new measures Thursday morning. The new rules, announced while Washington was otherwise focused on the crisis in Syria, took the form of executive actions, which President Obama added to the list of 23 steps the White House already determined the president could take on his own.
So, basically, the Obama administration has passed a ban on 100 year old bolt action rifles. I'm certain this will now keep our streets safe from the scourge of drive-by Mosin Nagant shootings. Oh, and we're going to make sure that M1 Garands returning from overseas don't mistakenly get sold to private citizens because, well, we're not sure what the reasoning is. Semi-automatic rifles limited to 8 rounds of a powerful rifle cartridge don't seem to be the weapon of choice for gangbangers; besides, the distinct *PING* lets the Crips know when the Bloods have run out of ammo...
The last part is the most ridiculous: they are claiming, with a straight face and absolutely no "journalism" whatsoever, that people are starting trusts to obtain NFA-regulated weapons so that they can avoid background checks. Background checks are still performed whether it's a trust or an individual - Class III dealers cannot transfer the NFA item to a "trust"; they have to be transfered to a person. And that person has to undergo a background check whether they represent themselves or a trust. Folks, this is patently absurd, and a blatant slap in the face to the law-abiding gun owners who want to own these insanely regulated items. The thought that someone who is ineligible to pass a background check is going to go through the trouble of starting a trust so that they can get a suppressor is, well, lunacy at the very best.
You can count on one hand the number of times that legally registered suppressors, short barreled rifles and shotguns, "any other weapons", destructive devices, and machine guns have been used to commit crimes since 1934. This is, plain and simple, a shot across the bow to collectors IMHO. This is, quite simply, a blatant lie that can only stand because people are ignorant of how NFA regulations run *and* a complete and utter unwillingness in the mainstream media to investigate ANY claim coming out of the Obama administration. I fully expect Barack Obama to run for re-election in 2016 and simply claim that the 22nd Amendment has been repealed.
TL/DR: Obama wants to pass gun control, any gun control, and as is the modus operandi of the left, doesn't care one whit if it actually reduces crime, just that it whittles away our Second Amendment rights that much more.
That is all.