The news has been full of the new push by the ATF to use regulations to advance President Obama’s anti-gun agenda:
The regulations range from new restrictions on high-powered pistols to gun storage requirements. Chief among them is a renewed effort to keep guns out of the hands of people who are mentally unstable or have been convicted of domestic abuse.
The government plans to issue up to 19 new anti-gun rules by the end of 2015 so that implementation can complete by the end of Obama’s last term.
The new regulations, part of the government’s Unified Agenda are likely to prohibit several groups from obtaining firearms including:
- anyone with a misdemeanor domestic violence charge
- anyone seeking the help of psychological counseling
One proposed rule will affect gun trusts which have been used by citizens in locals where the chief law enforcement officer will not sign ATF forms for suppressors, short-barreled rifles and other items regulated by the National Firearms Act. The rule will force each member of the trust to file the ATF forms and is likely to require the chief law enforcement officer’s signature to be valid. This will eliminate the ability of many in anti-gun areas from legally obtaining these items.
Another rule will likely affect many in the AR/AKM collecting community as it is directed at the definition of a pistol:
This rule would propose to amend the regulations relating to machine guns, destructive devices, and certain other firearms regulated under the National Firearms Act (NFA) for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) to clarify the definition of the term “pistol” and to define more clearly exceptions to the “pistol” definition.
The exact changes aren’t yet listed, but expectations are that the ATF will seek to push more currently classified AR-15 and AK pistols into title II NFA firearms requiring the ATF forms currently required for short-barreled rifles, suppressors and similar items.
Another possible definition change might affect the ammunition used in these pistols to be re-classified as armor-piercing. This change would be similar to the attempt to ban certain AR ammo in January of 2015. After-all, when the ATF withdrew it’s previous framework to ban AR ammo, they did say they would be back “with future proposals.”
Each rule will require a public comment period like the one that doomed the AR ammo ban. Stay aware and remember to speak your mind when the rules are published and hopefully these infringements on the second amendment can also be stopped.