The War on Gun Dealers

By Dean WeingartenFFL1969-2014 Courtesy Dean Weingarten

Dean Weingarten
Dean Weingarten

Arizona – -( In 1968 Congress passed the infamous Gun Control Act (GCA) of 1968.  The act banned the sale of guns through the mail except to federally licensed dealers.  One purpose of the act was to weaken and defund the National Rifle Association.  A great deal of advertisement funding for the NRA magazine, The American Rifleman, came from ads for the mail order purchase of firearms.

The mail order sale of pistols had been regulated since 1927.  GCA 1968 banned mail order sales of rifles and shotguns, guns that were used in only a small percentage of crimes, and created a whole new class of arms, “destructive devices”.  Up until 1968, you could order anti-aircraft and anti-tank cannon and ammunition through the mail.  Crimes committed with them were nil.

The original act was rejected by Congress in 1966, and by committees in the House and Senate in 1968.  In spite of the resistance, President Johnson and rising power of the media cartel rammed the act through on the heels of the assassinations of Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King.  Even though the NRA had no lobbying arm at the time, the act was not popular in Congress.  Only arm twisting by Lyndon Johnson pushed it into law.  The Congress refused to give Johnson what he wanted most – national gun registration of all guns and gun owners.

If you want to eliminate guns from society, the strategy of licensing gun sellers is an old and obvious one.  In 1607, the Tokugawa Shogunate issued a decree that all guns produced had to be approved of by the government.   Gradually gun orders were decreased.  Eventually, no new guns were produced.

Western nations pushed licensing as part of the gun control laws that swept the continent between the World Wars.  The 1934 and 1938 National Firearms acts were part of that trend in the United States, as the Roosevelt regime moved to increase and consolidate power.  The original fee for an FFL was $1 per year in 1938, increased to $10 in 1968.  Federal Firearm Licenses were fairly easy to obtain until Bill Clinton was elected President in 1992.   1992 was the high point for FFL numbers.

As part of Clinton's disarmist agenda, he ordered the ATF to study the number of people with FFLs. The conclusion was that they needed to reduce the number of FFLs in order to regulate them more.  There was no indication that small FFLs were being abused. The ATF had shown no inclination to reduce the numbers before Clinton. President Clinton wanted to drive most FFLs out of business.

Clinton drove FFL numbers down by the simple expedient of increasing the fee from $30 for three years to $200, requiring fingerprints and photographs, requiring that FFL holders meet local zoning requirements for retail outlets, and requiring proof that they had ‘secure storage'.

Clinton's war on gun dealers drastically decreased the numbers of FFLs.  From 1992 to 2009, the number of FFLs dropped by over 200,000.  The use of zoning ordinances as a means of conflating local and federal power structures means that many urban areas are severely under-served.  There is only one FFL in Washington, D.C., and he does not stock guns.  He only transfers them.  The last gun shop in San Francisco closed recently, due to over-regulation.

President Obama claimed that he wants small time gun sellers to have FFLs.   He did not suggest reducing the regulatory burden to make obtaining an FFL feasible for small sellers.

It is a cynical strategy.  Require FFLs, but have the regulatory burden so high that the acquisition of the license is uneconomic and impractical.

Definition of  disarmist

c2014 by Dean Weingarten: Permission to share is granted when this notice is included. Link to Gun Watch

About Dean Weingarten;

Dean Weingarten has been a peace officer, a military officer, was on the University of Wisconsin Pistol Team for four years, and was first certified to teach firearms safety in 1973. He taught the Arizona concealed carry course for fifteen years until the goal of constitutional carry was attained. He has degrees in meteorology and mining engineering, and recently retired from the Department of Defense after a 30 year career in Army Research, Development, Testing, and Evaluation.

  • 10 thoughts on “The War on Gun Dealers

    1. My FFL was not renewed because I did not sell over 50 firearms a year. The ATF said it must be a business to maintain a living. I am not a crimonl and followed ALL THE RULES. Thanks Bill Clinton.

    2. it boils down to dead beat governors..people need to start electing statesmen instead of globalists…all the amendments are clear…states are starting to take back their

    3. “Reasonable,” & ” common-sense” are words that scare the heck out of me. Because too many won’t know it is neither, until it is too late [“They came for me, but there was no-one left to speak”].
      If you get an FFL, you are required to collect and store ALL the gun-registration information a sick, paranoid, & tyranical overlord could hope for, and you have to pay for the privilege!

    4. When the real criminals are running the country and they fear an armed revolution (Just like Britain) they will do everything the can to prevent justice from being brought to their doorstep.

      I would support a military coup, but even then there are criminals at the top of the Pentagon hand picked by Ob astard.

    5. The renewal fee for a FFL is still $30, it is only the first time fee that increased to $200. This means that the reduction of FFL was due to fewer new FFLs. It has also been the case that in order to operate, you needed ALL of the required local and state permits, which did not change. They started enforcing the law, which did reduce the number of FFLs, but those that they reduce were not legally operating.

    6. There’s more to the story, and I hope Dean writes about it.
      The FFL numbers seem to be increasing for the last six years or so.
      Outside of the liberal, crime-infested cities, I don’t see a shortage. Guys with no inventory who do business out of their basement; small, local gun shops; large chain stores – If you want to buy a gun, there are plenty of choices.

    7. All true, but now the pres wants anyone that sells more than one gun per year to get an FFL. The flood gates are open, my friends, we all apply and receive FFLs and we are back to the days when BATFE doesn’t have enough personnel to do the regulating.

    8. I can tell you all about the FFL’s tactics first hand, as a former FFL holder and store owner. I served two combat tours in the Marines in Vietnam and never thought I would live to see the day our government grow into the predatory beast it has become.

    9. More typical gov’t nonsense at its best. wake up america!! once they take our firearms, we will have NOTHING at all…

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