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August 29, 2013 - 8:09 am

The White House this morning announced “new common-sense executive actions to keep the most dangerous firearms out of the wrong hands and ban almost all re-imports of military surplus firearms to private entities.”

The administration said the actions are being taken “as Congress fails to act on common-sense proposals”:

Closing a Loophole to Keep Some of the Most Dangerous Guns Out of the Wrong Hands

  • Current law places special restrictions on many of the most dangerous weapons, such as machine guns and short-barreled shotguns.  These weapons must be registered, and in order to lawfully possess them, a prospective buyer must undergo a fingerprint-based background check.
  • However, felons, domestic abusers, and others prohibited from having guns can easily evade the required background check and gain access to machine guns or other particularly dangerous weapons by registering the weapon to a trust or corporation.  At present, when the weapon is registered to a trust or corporation, no background check is run.  ATF reports that last year alone, it received more than 39,000 requests for transfers of these restricted firearms to trusts or corporations.
  • Today, ATF is issuing a new proposed regulation to close this loophole.  The proposed rule requires individuals associated with trusts or corporations that acquire these types of weapons to undergo background checks, just as these individuals would if the weapons were registered to them individually.  By closing this loophole, the regulation will ensure that machine guns and other particularly dangerous weapons do not end up in the wrong hands.
  • Keeping Surplus Military Weapons Off Our Streets

  • When the United States provides military firearms to its allies, either as direct commercial sales or through the foreign military sales or military assistance programs, those firearms may not be imported back into the United States without U.S. government approval.  Since 2005, the U.S. Government has authorized requests to reimport more than 250,000 of these firearms.
  • Today, the Administration is announcing a new policy of denying requests to bring military-grade firearms back into the United States to private entities, with only a few exceptions such as for museums.  This new policy will help keep military-grade firearms off our streets.
  • Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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    LOL...are you serious?!?

    By what logic are you suggesting I'm a troll?

    What part of my analysis do you specifically disagree with?

    What part of my analysis was supportive of the Bamster?

    I'm simply laying out what I think is going on, and given that Congress won't pass gun control laws to suit him, the Bamster is claiming he's going to turn to executive orders.

    The legal authority behind executive orders COULD be construed to allow him to ban the importation of the firearms I referenced - but I think it can be challenged as I think there was some sort of congressional involvement in that deal.

    If they scuttle the deal from the state department side, then that may encourage Congress to act to over rule him (hopefully).

    It's murky because it involves weapons of US manufacture that were "loaned" to Korea 60 years ago - which the Koreans are now trying to sell for a profit. The Koreans are playing fast and loose with the truth themselves, or to put it more bluntly - they are lying in order to claim ownership and sell the weapons in question.

    There are laws that specifically restrict such sales - which is why the deal was reached for the CMP to ultimately end up with the weapons. I understand part of the rationale behind that law was to protect the material that US taxpayers originally paid for.

    The CMP is one of those quasi-governmental organizations, which provides the requisite cover to get the guns back into the US and into the hands of us collectors.

    It originally was a wholly federal entity, but it was changed several years ago into something I'm not sure how you would classify.

    My own position is that the Bamster should STFU and let the weapons back into the country.
    1 year ago
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    It looks like the re-importation issue is directly targeting the M1 Garands and M1 Carbines Korea was trying to sell in the US.

    These weapons have been tied up for years, as they were provided by us to Korea during the Korean War. Korea didn't pay for them, but is now trying to sell them.

    A deal was reached whereby these weapons would be turned over to the CMP (which would then sell them to the public) - so I suspect this may be an attempt by the Bamster to scuttle that deal, keep collector grade weapons out of the US, and claim to his supporters that he's done something about gun control.
    1 year ago
    1 year ago Link To Comment
    "This new policy will help keep military-grade firearms off our streets."

    I seriously doubt that people are using M1 Garands or '03 Springfields in crimes. If they are, show me the evidence.
    1 year ago
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    You know when this crap will stop? When Americans turn around and declare they won't obey anything that was not passed by Congress. Why should anyone "obey" this executive order? It's unconstitutional. JUST SAY NO. And see what happens. More and more Americans should just say no.
    1 year ago
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    does this latest presidential 'legislation' mean that Americans can't buy back any of the thousands of military grade weapons barry/holder used stimulus $$ to purchase and sell to murderous mexican drug cartels? these weapons have already been found at plenty of murder scenes, and have been traced directly back to fast & furious. so how do these guns figure into all of this? does claiming 'executive privilege' free those who sold all those assault weapons from any charges of 'accessory to commit (mass) murder' forever? sounds like somebody thinks they are above the law. time will tell. will congress ever find a spine?

    maybe the question should be, have Americans awakened to the fact that these guns were sold to known drug dealing murderers for a reason? does the fact that obi and hitlery were at the same time publically pushing the false rhetoric that over 90+% of the drug war guns were coming from the u.s., when the actual percentages were close to single digit? was it another false flag created to try to grab our guns? were they trying to bump up the numbers of dead from u.s. guns? if so, it worked. only an American Border Agent (Brian Terry) was killed by one of the guns. odd how the murderous drug dealers crossed over into the u.s., went into legal gun shops and illegally purchased these guns, on camera. odd how these guns that they went to so much trouble and expense to purchase were regularly left at the scenes of their murders to be counted and tracked back to the u.s. odd how the numbers of killings (hundreds) associated w/ fast & furious stopped being reported once it was discovered our glorious el president was involved.

    btw, executive privilege was never intended to be used to excuse this type obviously criminal behavior.
    1 year ago
    1 year ago Link To Comment
    It looks like the re-importation issue is directly targeting the M1 Garands and M1 Carbines Korea was trying to sell in the US.

    These weapons have been tied up for years, as they were provided by us to Korea during the Korean War. Korea didn't pay for them, but is now trying to sell them.

    A deal was reached whereby these weapons would be turned over to the CMP (which would then sell them to the public) - so I suspect this may be an attempt by the Bamster to scuttle that deal, keep collector grade weapons out of the US, and claim to his supporters that he's done something about gun control.
    1 year ago
    1 year ago Link To Comment
    Don't kid yourself. This is but one facet in a mosaic designed by the left to make us participate in our own demise.

    You're not a troll, are you?
    1 year ago
    1 year ago Link To Comment
    LOL...are you serious?!?

    By what logic are you suggesting I'm a troll?

    What part of my analysis do you specifically disagree with?

    What part of my analysis was supportive of the Bamster?

    I'm simply laying out what I think is going on, and given that Congress won't pass gun control laws to suit him, the Bamster is claiming he's going to turn to executive orders.

    The legal authority behind executive orders COULD be construed to allow him to ban the importation of the firearms I referenced - but I think it can be challenged as I think there was some sort of congressional involvement in that deal.

    If they scuttle the deal from the state department side, then that may encourage Congress to act to over rule him (hopefully).

    It's murky because it involves weapons of US manufacture that were "loaned" to Korea 60 years ago - which the Koreans are now trying to sell for a profit. The Koreans are playing fast and loose with the truth themselves, or to put it more bluntly - they are lying in order to claim ownership and sell the weapons in question.

    There are laws that specifically restrict such sales - which is why the deal was reached for the CMP to ultimately end up with the weapons. I understand part of the rationale behind that law was to protect the material that US taxpayers originally paid for.

    The CMP is one of those quasi-governmental organizations, which provides the requisite cover to get the guns back into the US and into the hands of us collectors.

    It originally was a wholly federal entity, but it was changed several years ago into something I'm not sure how you would classify.

    My own position is that the Bamster should STFU and let the weapons back into the country.
    1 year ago
    1 year ago Link To Comment
    When Obama uses the "common-sense" phrase, he really means whatever he is referring to, can't logically be justified.

    These measures will have absolutely no effect on crime, or criminals, nor will they enhance anyone's safety. They will merely increase the cost of collecting historical military firearms, which is just fine with the Democrats. But, I hope Obama and Biden keep doing things like this to remind gun owners that they are the enemies of the Constitution; The 2014 mid-terms can't come soon enough for me.
    1 year ago
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    You just don't find .30-06 Garands being used in crime. The only purpose of this is to put a thumb in the eye of lawabiding gun collectors and target shooters.
    1 year ago
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    All sizzle, no steak.

    This is all about "machine gun" automatics and other such "military" weapons. The proposed regs are changes allowed within the context of existing laws (these classes of weapons are already tightly controlled when it comes to civilian ownership). Nothing is changing regarding your AR-15 semi or 9mm pistol. I.E. 99.44% of us will not have to do a thing differently than we do today.

    This Executive action is all for domestic consumption by the Democrats' base, nothing more.
    1 year ago
    1 year ago Link To Comment
    The action is meaningless to most. But it is about putting a thumb in our eye.
    1 year ago
    1 year ago Link To Comment
    Not really about just machine guns. What about the thousands of M1 Garands languishing in storage in South Korea since the Korean conflict that actually should be brought back to the US and distributed via the CMP marksmanship program.
    1 year ago
    1 year ago Link To Comment
    Since the directives are illegal ... we are not required to follow them.
    1 year ago
    1 year ago Link To Comment
    You can't ignore them.
    1 year ago
    1 year ago Link To Comment
    I hope everyone understands what is going on here. The left is very deliberately trying to incite conservatives. The Trayvon Martin travesty, the Fast and Furious debacle, the IRS criminality and gun control threats are a way to make us angry, speak out and (they sincerely hope) act out. If we allow them to bait us in this way they can legally suppress us. Do not let this happen. We are who we are, conservatives, and we must be smart enough to resist.
    1 year ago
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    Anytime the words "common sense" are used you know that it relates to something that absolutely DEFIES logical thought or the law for that matter. This is the death of America by a thousand cuts.
    1 year ago
    1 year ago Link To Comment
    Using the phrase "common sense" or anyone with a brain" or other like phrases is a manipulation practice. Everyone wants to be thought of as a person with sense, so they are inclined to agree with anything that is referred to as "common sense", "reasonable", "smart" and so on. That a president would have to use a manipulation practice to incline people to agree with his policies is pretty shady.

    I wonder which article of the Constitution allows him to make such "common sense" directives?
    1 year ago
    1 year ago Link To Comment
    "This new policy will help keep military-grade firearms off our streets."

    I seriously doubt that people are using M1 Garands or '03 Springfields in crimes. If they are, show me the evidence.
    1 year ago
    1 year ago Link To Comment
    "•However, felons, domestic abusers, and others prohibited from having guns can easily evade the required background check and gain access to machine guns or other particularly dangerous weapons by registering the weapon to a trust or corporation."

    Assumption not based on evidence. Show me some. Has any felon, etc. ever done this?
    1 year ago
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    Really? Machine guns? Do they have any idea how hard it is for a common citizen to get a legally owned machine gun? I know a place that sells them. You can't even hold one until you've given them a few thou in earnest money towards purchase.
    1 year ago
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    Domestic abusers don't use machine guns. They use ordinary legal firearms, they use baseball bats, they use knives, they use fists.

    And if they're prohibited from buying firearms legally, they do what common criminals do... they steal them. (A truly horrifying number of automatic-fire weapons are on the streets today, having been stolen from the police. In a few shameful cases, they were bought from the police.)

    We do not have a gun problem. We have a crime problem, which this Administration's Justice Department seems loath to address.
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