26 April 2013

Here Comes Gun Control

A Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Final Rule published today in the Federal Register and a news release issued Friday by the Department of Health and Human Services, followed up with a notice to be published tomorrow, are two developments all but ignored by the mainstream press even though Vice President Joe Biden announced last week that the administration would be using executive orders to advance “gun control” goals following a Senate battle that could not muster the votes to do so legislatively.
The Importation of Defense Articles and Defense Services -- U.S. Munitions Import List references executive orders, amends ATF regulations and clarifies Attorney General authority “to designate defense articles and defense services as part of the statutory USML for purposes of permanent import controls,” among other clauses specified in heavy legalese requiring commensurate analysis to identify just what the administration’s intentions are. Among the speculations of what this could enable are concerns that importing and International Traffic in Arms Regulations may go forward to reflect key elements within the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty.

This can’t really be stopped, save by an assassin’s bullet, but the measure is rather toothless, in the sense of making it impossible for people to get guns.  Some people will find it more expensive or more time-consuming to acquire guns in some instances, but people will still have guns, for the most part.  Revoking people’s right to bear arms is going to be tricky, to say the least, if not downright impossible.  I imagine that gun confiscation will also be impossible given how few guns are registered, or even in the possession/ownership of the original purchaser.  Keeping guns from the government will be fairly easy, with a little bit of preparation.  So, while another round of gun control sucks, it’s not the end of the world, nor is it anywhere close to a complete confiscation.