President Obama’s 2016 gun control push is in full swing as he laid out part of his plan with reporters Monday evening. One particular part of his plan is raising a lot of eyebrows in the gun community.
His new executive orders could require an individual who wants to sell a single gun to obtain a Federal Firearms License. The Attorney General used these exact words when addressing how many guns would require a dealer’s license:
“It can be as few as one or two depending upon the circumstances under which the person sells the gun.”
You want to sell a single gun to a friend or family member? Prepare to become a licensed firearms dealer.
According to Freebeacon.com,
During the call White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest, White House Senior Adviser Valerie Jarrett, and Attorney General Loretta Lynch explained the details of the order, which will be announced publicly by President Obama Tuesday at 11:40 a.m. The action, officials explained, would include guidance on how the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives will now determine who is “engaged in the business” of selling firearms under federal law and, therefore, who is required to obtain a license to sell firearms.
“ATF will make clear that whether you are ‘engaged in the business’ depends on the facts and circumstances,” Jarrett said. “On factors such as: whether you represent yourself as a dealer, such as making business cards or taking credit card statements. Whether you sell firearms shortly after they’re acquired or whether you buy or sell in the original packaging.”
“Numbers are relevant. The ATF and DOJ did not identify a magic number of weapons that makes you engaged in the business because that would limit their ability to bring prosecution.”
Jarret then said that selling as few as “two firearms” could require somebody to obtain a federal firearms license. However, later in the call, Attorney General Lynch revised that number down further. “It can be as few as one or two depending upon the circumstances under which the person sells the gun,” Lynch said.
So what’s the big deal with getting a Federal Firearms License? For one it costs a lot of money, but it also takes several months to obtain. In other words, this is more red tape for gun owners, and it does nothing to stop terrorists and criminals from getting and using guns.
And of course, requiring a dealer’s license would also give the ATF and administration the ability to pick and choose who can actually obtain one. More gun control through bureaucracy.
Valerie Jarrett also announced that certain social security recipients would be banned from obtaining firearms, meaning possibly millions of potential gun owners would not be able to buy firearms.
And no gun control executive orders would be complete without trying to enforce “smart gun” technology. The administration vows to put more research into this failed technology which only makes the user of these smart firearms less safe.