CRS Report Informs a Go-Along Congress on Planned Biden ‘Ghost Gun’ Ban

And if reality and data don’t work, gun-grabbers can always fall back on their old standby of character assassination and hysterical lies… (Moms Demand Action/Facebook)

U.S.A. – -(Ammoland.com)- “An internal Department of Justice document explaining how the Biden Administration plans to restrict so-called ghost guns was leaked on Tuesday,” breaking news by Stephen Gutowski of The Reload reveals. “The 107-page document [linked to in the article] … outlines changes the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) wants to make to outlaw the sale of homemade gun kits by unlicensed manufactures.

“At the direction of President Joe Biden, the agency plans to propose federal rule changes, which would require anyone selling unfinished firearms receivers to obtain a federal license and mark the parts with a serial number,” Gutowski explains. “Anyone who continues to sell unfinished receivers without a license could face federal felony charges.”

It is acknowledged that the document’s authenticity has not been confirmed by ATF and that what will eventually be introduced may be revised, but that admission is just good journalistic practice. What’s being presented “smells” real enough, although considering what the government intends to do here, the word “reeks” is more appropriate.

What is undisputed is the authenticity of an April 8 Congressional Research Service report titled “Privately Made Firearms: A Growing Source of Unmarked, Untraceable ‘Ghost Guns’?” The CRS, a Library of Congress legislative branch agency, “serves as nonpartisan shared staff to congressional committees and Members of Congress. It operates solely at the behest of and under the direction of Congress.”

In the past, such reports were not shared with the public, and those of us who believed taxpayers footing the bill had a right to know relied on either “insiders” providing copies or on the activist efforts of the  Federation of American Scientists, which posted reports on its website (as AmmoLand Shooting Sports News relied on for a 2017 report on ATF funding and a 2018 report on “bump stocks”). Thanks to no small amount of squawking on the part of a handful of government transparency advocates, along with the realization that it was a losing battle trying to keep reports under wraps, they can now be accessed on the CRS site (not that most Americans know about it or even care).

The “Ghost Gun” CRS report informs Congress on the technical issues being considered for a ban, albeit, as Gutowski notes in his piece on the rule change, “The proposal provides only subjective standards for what makes an unfinished part ‘readily’ convertible into a finished firearm…” That way, ATF can always come back and change the rules again.

The report also provides some nebulous “justification” political talking points, like  “it appears that the use of unmarked ‘ghost guns’ in shooting sprees, shootouts with police, and other crimes have also increased,” along with some anecdotal incidents to emphasize the point. What it does not do is quantify the scope of the perceived “problem” or qualify how such a rule change will do anything more than infringe on the rights of those inclined to obey laws.

Don’t look for Republicans in Congress, who sat on their hands when the Trump administration passed the “bump stock” rule, to make any meaningful attempt to rein in this de facto legislation by the executive branch, especially under current Democrat dominance (not that the GOP was inclined to advance the right to keep and bear arms when it had the advantage).

“Bump stocks” weren’t a hill to die on, those in the gun community who didn’t understand the issue and thought it was just about “a stupid piece of plastic” loudly chastised those of us objecting to such a dangerous rule. Then “arm braces” weren’t a hill to die on. Now, after the 90-day comment period when the government will ignore objections and do what it damn well pleases, “ghost guns” won’t be, either.

Is anybody else getting a Martin Niemöller vibe, and wondering when “they’ll” come for the magazines and semiautos in earnest, using “universal background check”-enabled registration lists (like the Democrats won’t alter the terms of the deal and scuttle the prohibition against centralized database records the second they have the votes).

Naturally, those causing the lion’s share of the violence will continue unimpeded. Meanwhile, gun owners (who have tried to be law-abiding but finally realize the choice between surrendering or defying can no longer be put off), will find there are plenty of hills to die on, with plenty of violence monopolists willing to make that happen.


About David Codrea:
David Codrea is the winner of multiple journalist awards for investigating/defending the RKBA and a long-time gun owner rights advocate who defiantly challenges the folly of citizen disarmament. He blogs at “The War on Guns: Notes from the Resistance,” is a regularly featured contributor to Firearms News, and posts on Twitter: @dcodrea and Facebook.

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Roland T. Gunner
Roland T. Gunner
9 days ago

Its time to remind Regina Lombardo that the courts have reigned in Chevron Deferrence. And this is a shining example of government overreach.

loveaduck
loveaduck
23 days ago

I’m having trouble stepping over and around all these road apples.

gunnerdd517
gunnerdd517
24 days ago

I don`t want to see any gun bans, the one I have is broken and unfixable. But the fact is, if it worked and was banned, I WOULD NOT COMPLY. Dhu Mhan Yhu, Biden !

SDavisFoReal
SDavisFoReal
25 days ago

The ATF will just come take all of your “assault weapons” using their actual assault weapons, and then come in and say that your human body is an illegal firearm.

Bob
Bob
24 days ago
Reply to  SDavisFoReal

So be it.

hippybiker
hippybiker
25 days ago

“Where once those embittered farmers stood, and fired the shot heard round the world!”
I see it soon. Maybe not in my lifetime but soon!

Boz
Boz
25 days ago
Reply to  hippybiker

Unless you don’t plan on being around in the next 5 years, I’m betting you will see it. Or, at least the attempt.

Tionico
Tionico
24 days ago
Reply to  hippybiker

you mean, those “stupid farmers with their squirrel guns”? The same guns General Gage’s underlings attempted to SEIZE at Lexington and Concord 246 years ago last Monday?

May it go far more badly for them this time.

snowmaker
snowmaker
25 days ago

Stolen guns – the Obiden supporter weapon of choice.

snowmaker
snowmaker
25 days ago
Reply to  snowmaker

after much reflection and thought, i wish to revise my prior statement

local, state, and federal government – the Obiden supporter weapon of choice.

swmft
swmft
25 days ago
Reply to  snowmaker

fast and furious,government handouts

Montana454Casull
Montana454Casull
25 days ago

This amounts to infringement and violates thier oath to uphold the constitution. Joe is ilegitiment and his executive orders are also . They can do what they want that don’t make it legal. I will ignore anything they pass that is unconstitutional . MOLON LABE Joe !

Tionico
Tionico
24 days ago

THIS is why they foisted the masks upon us a year ago. And did we not most all of us quietly comply? “For our own saaaaaafety”?
We learned, many of us, that if da gummit sez so, we jes gotta up and DO IT.
Whee twenty or thrity millioin Americans rip those nasty disease ridden weapons of compliance off our mugs I will begin to hope we will do the same with their unconstitutoinal arms restrictioins as well.

Mac
Mac
25 days ago

CBS = FAKE NEWS, but we knew that!

musicman44mag
musicman44mag
24 days ago
Reply to  Mac

Commie B.S.

Ryben Flynn
Ryben Flynn
25 days ago

ATF can’t change the rules like they did on bump stocks. A Federal Appeals Court told the ATF no, they can’t do that.

https://lawandcrime.com/second-amendment/appeals-court-rules-that-federal-agencies-cant-classify-guns-with-bump-stocks-as-machine-guns/

Last edited 25 days ago by Ryben Flynn
Tackleberry
Tackleberry
25 days ago
Reply to  Ryben Flynn

I don’t think they care. They’re going to fling every bit of legislation, rule change, and executive order at the wall and see what sticks. It’ll be years for people caught up by the new regulations to make it up through the court system. Couple to that we’re seeing the initial “trial balloons” for court-packing SCOTUS, I don’t think they have any intention of allowing the judicial system anyway to counter their moves.

Jonesy
Jonesy
25 days ago
Reply to  Tackleberry

Yup. It is all about CONTROL.

swmft
swmft
25 days ago
Reply to  Jonesy

civil war is heating up again this time democrats are in north where they have destroyed the industrial base that beat them to begin with

Oldvet
Oldvet
9 days ago
Reply to  Tackleberry

Update …andrew jackson showed them the way !!! The supreme court told him he could not take land away from the Indians . He did anyway , thus the trail of tears which was a forced march . After all who was the “enforcer” ?

swmft
swmft
25 days ago
Reply to  Ryben Flynn

they dont care the atf and fbi were formed under 21st amendment ,which if you remember was repealed making both unconstitutional, revenuers only have jurisdiction on interstate sales or imports, so tax on local produced/consumed products is state only issue the rules that are pushed by feds ARE in violation of constitution and were put there by democrats fdr