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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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

  • 18 thoughts on “Obama May Skirt Congress to Ban Semiautomatics, warns Gun Law Expert

    1. 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.

    2. 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.

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

    4. 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.

    5. 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 a plea bargain that results in those extra charges being dropped.

      You should do some research before you claim to speak for anyone other than you. Your comments about what guns should be available to law abiding citizens is 180 degrees out of phase with anyone who understands the role of the second amendment. The 2A is the gold standard with regard to enforcing the rights of "the people". It's what separates us from the rest of the world. I have to wonder how much of their opposition would be immediately dropped if we tied our foreign aid to the rights of their subjects to defend themselves against their governments. I suspect that our friends to the South would quickly identify the real origin of the illegal weapons smuggled into their country. Do you get what I'm saying comrade?

      Unfortunately, for the past two generations many US citizens did not oppose gun control because they thought that bans "couldn't happen here". They were duped into supporting gun control under the guise of creating a safer society. They've only recently discovered that this safety doesn't exist and the mistake comes at the expense of their liberty. That's a price nobody should willingly pay.

      There was no "sporting test" in the Second Amendment and yes, it was believed that any weapon available to the government should be available to its citizens. Why? Because standing armies were not to be trusted and the people may need to take up arms against government tyranny. How would George Washington and Thomas Jefferson be remembered if they lived in today's society? They'd be on an all expenses paid vacation in Cuba. I'll say it again – George Washington's actions against the crown's army would be seen as terrorism. Pretty sad, isn't it?

      Oh, and your comment about needing a "special liscence" [sic] to own a fully automatic gun is completely wrong. The $200 paid when transferring a Title II gun is a tax. You see, the BATF was originally a group within the Treasury Department, bouncing around other departments including Justice, FBI and IRS through the 1970's. Their responsibility was to collect taxes. There is no license needed to own fully automatic machine guns, short barreled rifles, sound suppressors, AOWs, etc. While a state may elect to not permit their civilian possession, the federal government makes no such distinction. You pay the tax, they run a background check and once you receive the tax stamp, you can complete the transfer with the dealer holding your Title II item. The CLEO sign-off on the form only certifies that their law enforcement organization knows of no reason that would legally disqualify the person listed as the recipient of the transfer. The NFA item can still be purchased without the CLEO signature. All it requires is a properly created Trust.

    6. 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?

    7. 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!

      USE 'EM or LOSE 'EM!

    8. 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.

    9. 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.

    10. 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.

    11. 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 automatic weapons without a special liscence. This to keep our officers safe and because of other danger ( this doesn't stop banding the trigger foreward and using the rythm of the weapon, it takes some practice but works well on AR-15).

      In the absense of mass killings by high volume round semi-automatic weapons, built for the battlefield, there will be no emphasis gun control. No one is secretely plotting away in the white house for such measures. State laws regulate many of the laws, and there is much work to do without wasting the political energy.

      I'll put 10$ on it if anyone wants to take the bet. We're talking the President, not bills by the senate.

      One other issue is healthcare costs from gunshot wounds. At some point it may tighten restrictions and involve harsher penalties for possession illegally. If we are spending valuable resources on gun violence it may lead to tightening, but not during this administration.


    12. 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 the authority and jurisdiction of the People to engage in acts or actions *Delegated of the High Powers [*From God] that Supercedes the legislative power of the state

    13. 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 have the right to Keep and Bear, which means Own and Carry, any weapons that a soldier carries into battle. That includes past, present and future weapons. The American people still have some work to do with regard to taking back their rights.

    14. [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 where we are today is because of past compromise and concessions!

      You want to save your gun rights join GOA and get involved by starting GOA state affiliates

    15. 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.

    16. 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.

    17. 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."

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