Obama’s ‘Unified Agenda’ Means More Gun Control Without Congressional Approval

By AWR Hawkins

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The Obama administration’s Spring 2015 “Unified Agenda” shows that the DOJ & the ATF are pushing a number of new gun control rules for implementation by executive fiat…
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Washington DC – -(Ammoland.com)- The Obama administration’s Spring 2015 “Unified Agenda”–published May 22 2015 – shows that the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) are pushing a number of new gun control rules for implementation by executive fiat.

It was previously reported that these rules will further limit the number of people who can legally buy or possess a gun and will heave even more record-keeping requirements/reporting duties onto the backs of Federal Firearm License (FFL) holders.

The Unified Agenda–which  ubiquitously “provides federal agencies with the most systematic, government-wide method to alert the public about their upcoming proposed rules”–is chock-full of new rules that will impact the right to keep and bear arms. But these regulations are buried in a mass of other rules, and are therefore easy to miss without spending time going line by line.

How many rules are we talking about? Roughly 2,300 across the board–meaning across every federal agency.

This is slightly better than the Fall 2014 Unified Agenda–in which the Competitive Enterprise Institute found approximately 3,400 rules–but it still contains too many rules to be compatible with freedom.

To be clear, there aren’t 2,300 new gun control proposals. Rather, the gun proposals are simply tucked in between the thousands of others.

One of the rules–RIN: 1140 AA04–will expand persons barred from gun ownership and possession by including “misdemeanor crime of domestic violence” as grounds for forfeiting the right to “ship, transport, possess, or receive in or affecting commerce firearms or ammunition.” It would also make it “unlawful for any person to sell or otherwise dispose of a firearm or ammunition to any person knowing or having reasonable cause to believe that the recipient has been convicted of such a misdemeanor.”

Another rule–RIN: 1140 AA47– broadens the number of people barred from gun possession by expanding the ATF’s mental health provisions on background checks. The NRA pointed out that because most mentally ill persons pose no threat to society, the new regulations will actually become “snares [for] masses of mostly harmless individuals.”

Gun Owners of America’s Michael Hammond warns that under this rule the person barred from gun ownership “could be [someone] who spanked his kid, or yelled at his wife, or slapped her husband.”

Rule–RIN: 1140 AA41–impacts FFLs by creating new reporting requirements for lost or stolen guns as well as new reporting requirements for lost or stolen guns that have been recovered.

Lastly, rule–RIN: 1140-AA43–impacts trusts that hold firearms regulated under the National Firearms Act. The rule requires trusts, corporations or legal entities possessing the guns to produce a “responsible person” who can undergo a background for guns in probate, before they are passed to a descendant. This person would “complete a specified form” and “submit photographs and fingerprints” simply to hold the guns while the estate is settled.

The DOJ throws a bone to trusts by allowing the transfer to descendant to occur thereafter on a “tax-exempt status,” but that all happens after the government has been able to extend the paper trail for firearms transactions and owners just a bit further.

There are other firearm-related rules, but these provide of taste of what the DOJ is doing.

It should be noted that some of the rules were first proposed 1 to 2 years ago, but are just now on the Unified Agenda for “final action.”

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james
james
6 years ago

Remember folks, we too have a phone and a pen…..and Email.

USE THEM WISELY and keep these foolish rules from getting on the books.

Janek
Janek
6 years ago

When the teacher asked the class to use the word ‘dictate’ in a sentence Barack was the only one who got it right. LOL

George
George
6 years ago

Sadly, this serves as proof that we have lost control of our government. If the President has no fear of retaliation for his fiats from Congress, it means that Congress is to blame as well.

Janek
Janek
6 years ago

When Obama was in school and the teacher asked the class to use the word ‘dictate’ in a sentence he must have been the only one to get it right.

f.t.
f.t.
6 years ago

Obama has divided this country like no other President in the last 50 years. If your a active duty military person, you good. If your a FORMER combat veteran back to civilian life, the administration thinks you are the enemy. They want to take away your 2nd amendment rights. Obama will think of every dirty, sneaky, cowardly back door trick to harm lawful gun owners RIGHT to have guns and ammo for the guns. He trains the Military to be ready to take on the civilians of his own country. The moron has allowed illegal aliens to swarm across our… Read more »

Gene
Gene
6 years ago

Tex You are 1000% correct . But 99 out 0f 100 RINO are no better than Dems. We the People do not have any reps. in office that care about us or US Just there own self serving pockets Our whole system needs a Major overhaul fast or this country will be SHIT and our freedoms GONE

Eric
Eric
6 years ago

Obama is gray half of 2 races neither is a majority how is it racist? Obama is a socialist elitist believing that there should be no middle class by means of taxation to redistribute the wealth. He believes that black race is owed something for the former atrocities of slavery. These have nothing to do with most Americans as their families came later to the United States. He thinks he can use executive orders to go around congress to regulate commerce. The country needs to fix its spending problem and get something for all the money we spend on UN… Read more »

Jim
Jim
6 years ago
Reply to  Eric

You’re right. The thing most of these communist wantabees don’t understand is there is no middle class in their utopia. There are only peasants and rulers. They only need to look at the old Soviet Union to see that. But, far be it from them to let facts get in the way of their lies and dreamland. The problem is the youth is so dumbed down they have no clue unless it is on Facebook or Twitter.

TEX
TEX
6 years ago

,I guess we would be racists if we impeached the african born muslim POS ! The republicans in the house and senate have never even brought up ‘article of impeachment’ on his ass ! We will survive the next 1.5 years,but we have to keep that hillary b*tch out of the White House !

Bo
Bo
6 years ago
Reply to  TEX

You are just ignorant, racist and sexist.

Jim
Jim
6 years ago
Reply to  Bo

No, he is correct. You are the ignorant one.

kent
kent
6 years ago
Reply to  Bo

Obama has done nothing but show racist action’s going all way back to the racist preacher REVEREND WRIGHT AND HIS CHURCH OF BLACK ONLY INTEREST’S

John Shaffer
John Shaffer
6 years ago

So, how do we impeach this guy? And why hasn’t it been done yet? Surely We The People can pull a Public Order like he does his Executive Order.