By Philip Van Cleave
Covington VA –-(Ammoland.com)- With the elections over now, gun owners are heading into what could be troubled waters.
I don't have a crystal ball, so were we are headed I can't say for certain.
However, based on the Obama Administration's past performance and President Obama's statements made during the debates, I will point out some of my concerns.
FUTURE FOR FEDERAL GUN-CONTROL **LAWS**
First, with the Republicans maintaining control of the House and enough of the Senate to prevent things being ramrodded through, I don't see gun control, including an “assault weapon” ban, making it into law during the next two years.
(There will be another election in two years that could change things, so that is as far as one can look for now).
That is good news for gun owners because during the debates with Romney, President Obama hinted at wanting to do something with “assault weapons.” Obama also brought up “inexpensive handguns,” while speaking about the very high murder rate in America's Gun-Control Heaven, Chicago.
I will not be surprised if Obama now starts to talk about gun control with every shooting that gets national attention. He also has Chicago's crime rate as an excuse to bring the subject up regularly.
While I think Congress will not vote for new gun control laws, we will need to keep a very, very close eye on Congress nonetheless.
FUTURE FOR MORE FEDERAL GUN CONTROL THROUGH OTHER MEANS
One of the biggest threats for more gun control would be items that “fall under the radar,” which is what Obama told the Brady Campaign he was working on last year. Here is a list of things that the President could do without needing approval from Congress:
- Use BATFE and the Justice Department to run more staged projects like “Fast and Furious,” that make it look like lax gun control laws in the U.S. are causing mayhem and then taking “actions” to “fix” the problem. Most of the media would be a willing accomplice in such an endeavor as they were with Fast and Furious.
- Use BATFE to ban a variety of guns from import by making sure they don't fit a changing “sporting requirement” standard, with AKs being the first to go
- Use BATFE to require reporting of sales of certain firearms by gun stores, a de facto registration
- Use BATFE to make certain firearms into Class III weapons that require a tax stamp and registration – for example shotguns that only have a pistol-grip for a stock
- Use BATFE to block import of military surplus ammunition
- Sign various U.N. treaties that affect our right to keep and bear arms. We will need the Senate (and maybe the courts) to block them
GUN CONTROL THROUGH THE SUPREME COURT AND LOWER COURTS
Another danger is that there will be more Supreme Court appointments. Two anti-rights judges were appointed during Obama's last term – Judge Kagan and the self-described “wise latina” Judge Sotomayor. There is only a one-vote pro-rights margin currently, and that could be wiped out easily. Don't count on the Senate to save the day – they didn't with the last two appointments.
As more and more appointments are made to lower courts, I don't expect them to be pro-rights, either. The antis will be using courts more and more often to get what they can't get through the Legislative branch.
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