President Obama is nearing completion of an executive order that seeks to close the so-called gun show loophole — something gun rights advocates have said is non-existent.
According to Politico, “…the changes include requiring an expanded number of small-scale gun sellers to be licensed — and therefore conduct background checks — whenever selling a weapon. This wouldn’t close the so-called gun show loophole, though it has the potential to narrow it.”
The background check change is expected to expand the definition of what it means to be “engaged in the business” of selling guns. Currently, anyone selling weapons with the “principal objective of livelihood and profit” have to get a dealer’s license through the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. This requires them to conduct a background check on buyers no matter where they sell, including online or at a gun show.
The Obama package of edicts will also impose tougher rules on guns stolen en route from manufacturer to seller. Further details of the package are being kept under wraps by the White House.
“It is complicated. That’s why it’s taken some time for our policy folks, our lawyers, and our experts to work through this and see what’s possible,” said White House spokesman Eric Schultz.
Gun rights advocates scoffed at the proposals.
“The fact is, the President’s gun control agenda will only make it harder for law-abiding citizens to exercise their right to self-defense,” said National Rifle Association spokeswoman Jennifer Baker.
“Neither of these executive gun controls would have prevented even one of high profile shootings from the last decade, but both will succeed in placing a further burden on the exercise of the 2nd Amendment,” wrote AWR Hawkins.
“Once again, we have a president preparing actions which will infringe upon Americans’ constitutional rights,” wrote Michelle Jesse.
“And rather than going about them through due process — working with Congress, which he’s proven incapable of doing — he’s doing an end-around,” she wrote. “And rather than deliberating on these constitutionally-cramping actions thoughtfully and with input necessary to make sound decisions, President Obama is pursuing them with an eye toward political expediency — and the ‘splash’ he can make,” she added.
h/t: Allen B. West
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