Obama May Skirt Congress to Ban Semiautomatics, warns Gun Law Expert

An anti-gun owner initiative considered in Washington could lead to massive civil disobedience and a severe domestic crisis,” gun law expert John M. Snyder said today.

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Gun Rights Policies with John Snyder

Bethesda, MD –“According to confidential information,” he continued, “forces linked with the administration suggest the government classify semiautomatic firearms and multiple capacity ammunition feeding devices as Title 2 National Firearms Act items under the Gun Control Act of 1968.

“Under this scenario, semiautomatics and high capacity magazines could be acquired only with great difficulty and at great expense by America’s estimated 100 million law-abiding firearms owners.”

“The Obama gang probably realizes it would have a possibly insurmountable difficulty getting a semi auto ban, such as that considered by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and others, through Congress,” Snyder noted. “Congressional Second Amendment supporters already are preparing for such a battle. During the Clinton years, Congress enacted a partial, temporary semiauto ban but allowed it to sunset after 10 years because of its lack of significant negative impact on crime. The Obama administration now may order the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to take the classification step. Some gun-grabbers view the designation of Street Sweeper shotguns as Title 2 firearms during the Clinton administration as precedent for such a move.

“For several years, various groups and individuals have discussed the anti-gun owner proclivities of the administration. Obama anti-gun owner activities have involved the promulgation of anti-gun federal regulations, the appointment of anti-gun judges to the federal courts, including the Supreme Court, and the appointment of anti-gun personnel to other high federal positions, including the attorney generalship of the United States.”

“It’s been under this attorney generalship that the infamous Fast and Furious federal gun running scandal involving ATF has occurred,” Snyder stated. “The administration may feel that a replacement in that office could facilitate a ratcheting-up of its anti-gun activities with announcement and inauguration of the proposed semiautomatic classification/ban.

“Such a move surely would galvanize the law-abiding grass roots gun-owning American public into opposition as it never has before. At the very least, it would lead to an action in the U.S. House of Representatives to defund if not eliminate entirely the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. To what it would lead at the very most is anyone’s guess.”

A former NRA editor and director of national gun rights organizations, Snyder has been defending the individual Second Amendment civil right of law-abiding American citizens to keep and bear arms for over 46 years. He’s been called the senior rights activist in Washington by Shotgun News. www.GunRightsPolicies.org


John M. Snyder
Telum Associates, LLC
Arlington, VA

About John Snyder:
Named the Gun Dean by Human Events, “the senior rights activist in Washington” by Shotgun News, a “champion of the right to self-defense” by The Washington Times, and “dean of gun lobbyists” by The Washington Post and The New York Times, John M. Snyder has spent 45 years as a proponent of the individual Second Amendment civil right to keep and bear arms as a National Rifle Association editor, public affairs director of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, treasurer of the Second Amendment Foundation, and founder of www.GunRightsPolicies.org.

A former Jesuit seminarian, Snyder is founder/manager of Telum Associates, LL.C., founder/chairman of the St. Gabriel Possenti Society, Inc., a director of Council for America, and serves on the boards of the National Association of Chiefs of Police and the American Federation of Police & Concerned Citizens. He is also the author of the book Gun Saint. Visit: www.GunRightsPolicies.org

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Heathen Exterminatio

The "agenda" is to exterminate the heathen that voted for the non-President racist Gentile-in chief.

Until your kind is relegated to the pyres of American history, this republic will continue its descent into socialism. WE will never allow that to happen. There will NEVER be a "black planet."

Prepare for the big sleep, anti-America Libtards.


the sky is falling. get a life people, this guy Snyder does not like Obama. did you see when he referred to our president as "their boy" in the White House. comon you red neck bigot, get a life. Tired of the childish antics of the ultraconservative. Fir you ignant folks that don't like Obama, did you help witht he Romney campaign?? Probably not. The same group of folks who want things their way, but will not do any hard work to move their agenda. Sad.


There should be no hesitation or mercy shown for anybody who carries out the wishes of these bottom feeding scumfish beuracrats.

Bring It.

Of course gun control/confiscation is not up to the government….its up to the people. The simple solution to an illegal/unconstitutional confiscation/ban is war. The choice will be made by americans; not by the government. Will the american people have the courage to defy tyranny? The only power the government has over us is the power we give them.

Kansas C&R

I'm sorry Chavas but nothing in your comment is actually true. Just like the 1968 GCA was a knee-jerk overreaction to the Kennedy assassination, Brady laws were a knee-jerk reaction to the Reagan shooting. These laws affect honest, law abiding citizens in many, if not most states. What they don't do is reduce crime at all. Sure they are sometimes tacked on to enhance the charges when the law wants to turn up the heat on a criminal but this is usually done to make it more likely that the criminal will roll over on other criminals as part of… Read more »


I can see a lot of semi-auto shotguns getting the DD classification but how exactly are semi-auto rifles and magazines gonna get put under NFA without changes to the law?

Heathen Exterminatio

This is what happens when you validate early infringements with your compliance.

Now, all of us "law-abiding" gun owners will be JUST AS CRIMINAL as the federal minions who enforce them against us.

SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED: makes no exception for gun control and needs NO interpretation!


Robert Krawiec

He pushed Obamacare through without most of those who voted on it even reading it. He has been re-elected so he can do whatever he wants. He no longer has to worry about getting voters fooled again.

J. P.

All gun laws have the stated purpose of curbing crime. They never achieve that objective, but rather, impose restrictions on law abiding individuals. The real goal of any "reasonable gun law" is to eventually ban all civilian firearms. Al Capone's thugs didn't register their Tommy guns and sawed off shot guns just because a law was passed.

The last phrase of the second amendment gets ignored for the most part and is the most significant – "shall not be infringed". If you don't understand the meaning of infringed, check with Webster.


Another thing, he caught too much heat for passing the affordable healthcare act without congress. He will not do that again; the legislation was important, yeah I said it. It did, however, lead to the rise of the tea baggers. He will not sidestep congress and the ATF is already limited in scope; they forgot to track all those weapons, they're going to enforce local gun laws? "Confidential Source" means a friend that knows someone who has a friend in the ATF or some permutation.

Kind of ridiculous.


The President, who has the hardest job in the world, is not going to take on that fight. That is, unless we get a few more mass killings and there is public outcry. I'm a gun guy and love marksmanship in general. The Brady bill was introduced after Reagan was shot and few people noticed the difference. We must put the constitutional framework into perspective. We have the right to keep and bear arms; should we be able to use C-4, fragmentation grenades or rocket launchers? Most would say no, thus there is a limit on "arms". We ban fully… Read more »


Bill Tsafa is absolutely correct the term “REGULATED” at the time of the writing of the 2A was a mechanical term implying ‘Well Equipped” It also means “To Arrange and to Place” This means the phrase “A well regulated militia being necessary for the security of a free state” actually means “A Well Equipped, Well Placed Armed Citizenry being necessary for the security of a Free State” The true meaning of the first clause strengthens the true purpose of the second article of amendment. The first 2 words in the 2nd clause grants power to the people; “The Right” is… Read more »

Bill Tsafa

The ATF needs to be disbanded. Any restriction on guns is unconstitutional. The purpose of the guns is so the people can protect themselves against tyranny. They need the tools to do this. The term "Well Regulated" in the Second Amendment meant "Well Manned and Equipped " in 1791 as was determined in the 1939 United States v. Miller case after referencing the autobiography of Benjamin Franklin. The concept of Government Regulation, as we understand it today, did not exist at the time. United States v. Miller also determined that the term "Arms" refers to "Ordinary Military Weapons". American Citizens… Read more »


[There should have been a fight over these gun laws back in the 1930′s and in the 1960′s before it ever got to this point. We can’t let them go any on with even more restrictions.] The NRA supported the 1934 NFA and the 1968 GCA. LBJ in his 1968 state of the union address to the nation called for an end of mail order gun sales, the following morning the NRA agreed! In the march 1968 issue of the American rifleman the NRA claimed they were created to support REASONABLE gun control since their inception! The reason we are… Read more »

John Seay

There should have been a fight over these gun laws back in the 1930's and in the 1960's before it ever got to this point. We can't let them go any on with even more restrictions.

The Bruedaddy

This guy is just spreading MORE BS and half truths……why?

I'm so tired of idiots like this


I think the ATF needs to go. They want to be the only ones with guns and impose a police state in America. They have no concept of individual rights.


I think it was Thomas Jefferson who once opined…"The great thing about the second amendment is, that we won't need it until they try to take it away."