Time for Congress to Defund the President’s Anti-gun Agenda
Springfield, VA -(AmmoLand.com)- Barack Obama is at it again.
Last month, his Justice Department set out to use the military and law enforcement as an experiment in gun control.
Then, his State Department recently moved to put gunsmiths out of business.
He knows that his days in office are numbered.
So he is using every conceivable opportunity to screw gun owners and impose greater firearms restrictions before he leaves office.
“Dumb Guns” Make People Less Safe
The American people don’t want so-called smart gun technology.
The military and police certainly don’t either.
But the President’s Justice Department issued proposed regulations in July that aim to arm our “men in blue” with politically correct weapons that could very well get them killed in emergencies.
I’m talking about weapons that are rigged with some kind of recognition technology that would jeopardize lives when batteries fail or when a fingerprint doesn’t unlock the firearm.
This is a horribly stupid idea — and it is going to cost innocent lives.
Gun owners should take note that forcing military and law-enforcement to carry these unsafe guns is only the first step.
You and I will be next — as the ultimate goal is to outlaw all guns currently on the market.
Driving Gunsmiths Out of Business
On July 22 2016, Obama’s Department of State issued a public letter which regulates gunsmiths.
The letter is not addressed to anyone. The letter is not signed by anyone. But the letter claims to be “[i]n response to questions from persons….”
What the letter purports to do is create new and onerous burdens on gunsmiths across the country, requiring them to register with — believe it or not — the State Department and pay thousands of dollars every year in fees for the privilege of doing so.
Even beyond the threat of bankrupting many gun businesses, the State Department’s letter would ban many ordinary services that a gunsmith provides.
As GOA says in its opposition to this State Department edict, many gunsmithing activities are now illegal if they:
improv[e] the “accuracy … or other aspects of firearms operation.” For the record, unless the replacement part improved some aspect of firearms operation, the previous part would not have been replaced. Even the assembly of firearms kits would be illegal if it were more than “occasional” — a term that is not defined by these regulations.
Congress never intended that small mom-and-pop gunsmiths would be subject to the State Department’s overreach.
Indeed, Congress specifically enacted the Gun Control Act to regulate dealers and manufacturers (including gunsmiths), and authorized ATF to charge them a modest fee of $200 for the first three years, and only $30 per year after that.
Now the State Department comes along, and wants to tack on another $2,250 per year (minimum) — holding a small local gunsmith to the same requirements as Colt Firearms and Lockheed Martin.
For a large commercial gun store which also offers gunsmithing services, $2,250 in fees per year might not break the bank, as these costs would simply be passed along to customers.
But applied to a small shop, or someone working part time out of his home, this new State Department letter no doubt will drive many small gunsmiths out of business, furthering the Obama agenda of disarmament of Americans through denying them access to arms.
Remember, all these gun control regs come after the Social Security Administration’s plan to ban hundreds of thousands of senior citizens from owning guns.
You can see GOA’s previous comments on this matter here.
President Obama’s tenure in office is almost at an end, but his hatred for the Second Amendment burns as hot as it ever has.
Thank you for your help.
Gun Owners of America
P.S. President Obama continues to use his “phone and pen” to circumvent Congress — and the Constitution. And his latest attack on gun rights is outrageous!
About Gun Owners of America (GOA):
Gun Owners of America (GOA) is a non-profit lobbying organization formed in 1975 to preserve and defend the Second Amendment rights of gun owners. GOA sees firearms ownership as a freedom issue. `The only no comprise gun lobby in Washington’ – Ron Paul.
For more information, visit: www.gunowners.org.