Obama’s Gun Control Executive Order Could Make Millions of Gun Owners Criminals


(Controversial Times) President Obama’s administration has already announced that it is researching ways in which the president could use executive actions to bypass Congress and enact tougher gun control regulations.

According to a Washington Post article, one of those ideas could have major impacts for millions of gun owners. From the Post:

In response to the latest mass shooting during his presidency, President Obama is seriously considering circumventing Congress with his executive authority and imposing new background-check requirements for buyers who purchase weapons from high-volume gun dealers.

Under the proposed rule change, dealers who exceed a certain number of sales each year would be required to obtain a license from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and perform background checks on potential buyers.

In most states, it is legal for a private citizen who owns a firearm to sell that firearm to another private individual with no background check or paperwork as long as the seller has no reason to believe the buyer is ineligible from owning firearms.

The White House’s proposed new regulations might sound like they make sense, however, what is considered “high-volume” by the White House?

Hunters, competition shooters and collectors regularly buy, sell and trade firearms in order to fill in gaps in their or acquire new guns to give them an advantage in their chosen sport.

Will 5 or 10 gun sales in a year mean that you have to acquire an expensive, highly regulated license?

Back in 2013, the White House drafted a possible executive order that would set that number at 50 firearms. However, it’s unclear if that number is what the White House currently has in mind.

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