In August, the Obama administration made a bold, unexpected announcement that via executive action they would enforce two new gun control measures. This was after Congress declined to pursue gun control legislation, despite an aggressive stance from the administration that this issue was a topmost priority.
In response to the latest announcement, the National Rifle Association (NRA) has heavily criticized the administration, stating that these proposals will do nothing to reduce gun-related crimes. The NRA released a candid statement: “The Obama administration has once again completely missed the mark when it comes to stopping violent crime.”
One of the newly enacted policies restricts U.S. private entities from importing or selling military weapons that were donated or sold by the U.S. to other allies. This policy restricts private entities, only allowing the government and museums to re-import any military-grade firearms. The guns under this measure are more than 50 years old and defined as “relic” or “curio” firearms. This move is sure to anger gun aficionados and collectors.
The second proposed rule would require corporations and trusts that have registered weapons to have their trustees and beneficiaries undergo a stringent fingerprint background check. In 2012, the ATF only received a mere 39,000 requests to register weapons to these entities.
According to the NRA, both of these measures will do little to reduce crime, since neither military weapons nor trust or corporation gun registrations are sources that allow criminals to obtain weapons. In essence, the NRA believes the administration is simply barking up the wrong tree. Furthermore, the NRA stated: “This administration should get serious about prosecuting violent criminals who misuse guns and stop focusing its efforts on law-abiding gun owners.”
President Obama’s hands were tied with enacting his true agenda, which included further background checks and an assault weapons ban, as only Congress can approve and enact those strict regulations. However, both President Obama and Vice President Biden claim that the “American people” demand stricter gun control and that their fight is not over.
Techna Clip is a staunch supporter of the right to bear arms and urges concerned citizens to contact their representatives and voice their opinions. Without people voicing their opinions, the government will further attempt to enact gun control and limit the freedoms given by our forefathers under the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.
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