I would like to thank everyone for visiting my new blog. This is my inaugural entry. I think that an appropriate first entry is the news that firearms dealers might have to now report to the ATF on all multiple long gun purchases. You can read some of my thoughts on this matter on rdgrnr's Blog: http://www.lotterypost.com/blogentry/44690/viewcomments . I decided it was better to start my own than piggyback on someone else's. Here is the story from NSSF:
ATF to Require Multiple Sales Reports for Long Guns
December 17, 2010 By Larry Keane View Comments
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) is moving to require federally licensed firearms retailers to report multiple sales of modern sporting rifles beginning January 5, 2011. Specifically, the ATF requirement calls for firearms retailers to report multiple sales, or other dispositions, of two or more .22 caliber or larger semi-automatic rifles that are capable of accepting a detachable magazine and are purchased by the same individual within five consecutive business days.
Today’s Washington Post suggests that the reporting mandate would be limited to retailers along the Southwest border; however, the Federal Register Notice does not limit the geographic scope of the reporting requirement.
This ATF “emergency” mandate was originally pushed by the anti-gun Mayors Against Illegal Guns (MAIG) coalition, headed by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, more than a year and a half ago. And the Post reports that the Department of Justice has “languished” over this plan for several months. Given this timetable, it’s hard to see exactly where the “emergency” is.
The National Shooting Sports Foundation opposes this reporting requirement because it further burdens America’s law-abiding firearms retailers with yet another onerous regulation that will do nothing to curb crime. Multiple sales reporting of long guns will actually make it more difficult for licensed retailers to help law enforcement as traffickers modify their illegal schemes to circumvent the reporting requirement, thereby driving traffickers further underground. This is not unlike how criminals maneuvered around one-gun-a-month laws in states like Virginia – which is still considered an “exporting source state” by anti-gun organizations like the MAIG despite its restrictions on the number of firearms law-abiding residents may purchase.
Multiple sales reporting for long guns is an ill-considered mandate and one that ATF does not have the legal authority to unilaterally impose. In fact, ATF has not specified under what legal authority it presumes to act. The decision as to whether ATF can move forward with this agenda-driven mandate will be left to Cass Sunstein who heads the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA). This is the same Cass Sunstein who in a 2007 speech at Harvard University said, “We ought to ban hunting, if there isn’t a purpose other than sport and fun. That should be against the law. It’s time now.”
NSSF will be submitting comments in opposition to this registration scheme and is encouraging all firearms retailers, sportsmen and enthusiasts to do the same.
Please voice your concern by doing the following:
1. Call the Office of Management and Budget, Office of Information and Regulation Affairs, Department of Justice, Desk Officer at (202) 395-6466.
2. E-mail Barbara A. Terrell, ATF, Firearms Industry Programs Branch at Barbara.Terrell@atf.gov
3. Call your Senators and Representative: United States Capitol Switchboard: 202-224-3121
Points to make:
1.Multiple sales reporting of long guns will actually make it more difficult for licensed retailers to help law enforcement as traffickers modify their illegal schemes to circumvent the reporting requirement. Traffickers will go further underground, hiring more people to buy their firearms. This will make it much harder for retailers to identify and report suspicious behavior to law enforcement.
2.Long guns are rarely used in crime (Bureau of Justice Statistics).
3.Imposing multiple sales-reporting requirements for long guns would further add to the already extensive paperwork and record-keeping requirements burdening America’s retailers – where a single mistake could cost them their license and even land them in jail.
4.Last year, ATF inspected 2,000 retailers in border states and only two licenses were revoked (0.1%). These revocations were for reasons unknown and could have had nothing to do with illicit trafficking of guns; furthermore, no dealers were charged with any criminal wrongdoing.
5.According to ATF, the average age of a firearm recovered in the United States is 11 years old. In Mexico it’s more than 14 years old. This demonstrates that criminals are not using new guns bought from retailers in the states.
6.Congress, when it enacted multiple sales reporting for handguns, could have required multiple sales of long guns – it specifically chose not to.
Obama is bringing his troops home in time to attempt to quell the uprisings which are imminent. After the dollar collapses, not if, but when, all bets are off. What do you think people are going to do when they go to the store, and the store no longer accepts the US dollar? Hint: they are not going to be very happy. What about when their utilities get shut off. What will they do when they don't have their daily entertainment. What if you were the holder of a Mega Millions or Powerball Jackpot, or a $1,000,000 winner on an instant scratch off ticket, on the day that your state's lottery announced that they would no longer be able to pay out any more prizes? I'll tell you. You will end up with a lot of very angry people.
Now he wants to be able to see who is buying long guns, and put them on a watch list. If you go and buy yourself a .22 sqirrel rifle, and one for your kid, you will be on the feds watch list. I wonder if this will have to do with the actual diameter of the bullet, or the name of the cartridge? For example, there are Cartridges with .218, .219, .220, .221, .222, .223, .224 and .225 in there designation that all use .224" bullets. Maybe some very high powered cartridges need to be developed with a bullet diameter of .219.
See, the government is not stupid enough to try to do what Dianne Feinstein, Senator from California said that she wanted to do, she summed it up best herself in an excerpt from her interview on 60 Minutes.
All told, H.R. 2038 is a giant step closer to the goal stated by Clinton ban sponsor Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), on CBS' "60 Minutes"-- "If I could have gotten 51 votes in the Senate of the United States for an outright ban, picking up every one of them, Mr. and Mrs. America, turn them all in, I would have done it."
"Mr. and Mrs. America, turn them all in." Those are the only words gun owners should ever need to remember. Never has the anti-gun agenda been stated more succinctly or, for that matter, more honestly.
No, they are going to do it one law at a time. Firearms registration is just around the corner. Then what? I will tell you what. Just like in England, Australia, Nazi Germany and just about every country that has done it, confiscation. Yes, a list of registered gun owners will allow the government to come to our homes, one at a time, if we let them. They are going to try and take our guns in many incremental steps. They tried the failed Clinton Gun Ban, and it proved to be a failure, especially when it was disclosed that less than 1% of crimes were committed with those types of firearms, according to the FBI. All that did was make a 15 round Glock magazine a novelty item, and they cost around $75 to $100 or more each. Now that the law has sunset, you can buy the same magazine for $15 to $25 just about anywhere.
Speaking of Nazi Germany, our Jewish readers may want to take a look at the following website, Jews for the preservation of firearm ownership, http://jpfo.org/ . From that website, I will post about genecide in disarmed populations, straight from their website, on my next blog entry.
They will increment their total disarmament one little step at a time. If you are not an NRA member, I urge you and your families to join the National Rifle Association, the oldest civil rights group in America. You should consider a lifetime membership. You can join here: http://membership.nrahq.org/ Be sure to watch the video. I remember first hand the trickery that CNN pulled on that one. Many Americans who are simply unaware of firearms characteristics simply would have believed the story if the NRA hadn't called their bluff. Without the NRA, we probably would most likely be completely disarmed by this point, assuming that we complied. The what if is a scary thought. Join today. Renew your membership if yours has expired.