August 30th, 2013

Obama Takes More Executive Action Against Gun Owners


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This article was originally published at Activist Post

Is the President of the United States allowed to, by executive decree, ban certain guns and limit who can own them? Well, that’s exactly what Obama has done today.

The White House announced today that Obama has taken two more “executive actions” without Congressional approval that appear to infringe on the Second Amendment .
Here’s the short of it: If you own a gun that Obama vaguely defines as one of the “most dangerous weapons, such as machine guns and short-barreled shotguns”, you are now hereby ordered to come forward, register it, and submit to a background check in order to lawfully possess it — otherwise you’ll be deemed a criminal engaging in criminal behavior.

The Administration’s fact sheet about today’s executive actions states, “Current law places special restrictions on many of the most dangerous weapons, such as machine guns and short-barreled shotguns. These weapons must be registered, and in order to lawfully possess them, a prospective buyer must undergo a fingerprint-based background check.”

The executive action will also prohibit legal entities like corporations or trusts from owning firearms of all kinds, claiming that criminals can “easily evade the required background check and gain access to machine guns or other particularly dangerous weapons by registering the weapon to a trust or corporation.”

Owners and trustees of these entities would have to submit to a background check in order to maintain ownership.

“The proposed rule requires individuals associated with trusts or corporations that acquire these types of weapons to undergo background checks, just as these individuals would if the weapons were registered to them individually.”

The other executive action bans the private importation and sale of military surplus weapons.

“Today, the Administration is announcing a new policy of denying requests to bring military-grade firearms back into the United States to private entities, with only a few exceptions such as for museums,” Obama ordered.

Obama claims these actions, along with his previous 23 executive actions, were needed because Congress has failed to act on his “common-sense proposals”.

The entire White House “Fact Sheet” for these unreleased executive orders is below:

Today, the Obama administration announced two new common-sense executive actions to keep the most dangerous firearms out of the wrong hands and ban almost all re-imports of military surplus firearms to private entities. These executive actions build on the 23 executive actions that the Vice President recommended as part of the comprehensive gun violence reduction plan and the President unveiled on January 16, 2013.

Even as Congress fails to act on common-sense proposals, like expanding criminal background checks and making gun trafficking a federal crime, the President and Vice President remain committed to using all the tools in their power to make progress toward reducing gun violence.

Building on the 23 Executive Actions the President and Vice President Unveiled Last January

  • Last December, the President asked the Vice President to develop a series of recommendations to reduce gun violence. On January 16, 2013, they released these proposals, including 23 executive actions. With the first Senate confirmation of an ATF Director on July 31, 2013, the Administration has completed or made significant progress on 22 of the 23 executive actions. The new executive actions unveiled today build on this successful effort.

Closing a Loophole to Keep Some of the Most Dangerous Guns Out of the Wrong Hands

  • Current law places special restrictions on many of the most dangerous weapons, such as machine guns and short-barreled shotguns. These weapons must be registered, and in order to lawfully possess them, a prospective buyer must undergo a fingerprint-based background check.
  • However, felons, domestic abusers, and others prohibited from having guns can easily evade the required background check and gain access to machine guns or other particularly dangerous weapons by registering the weapon to a trust or corporation. At present, when the weapon is registered to a trust or corporation, no background check is run. ATF reports that last year alone, it received more than 39,000 requests for transfers of these restricted firearms to trusts or corporations.
  • Today, ATF is issuing a new proposed regulation to close this loophole. The proposed rule requires individuals associated with trusts or corporations that acquire these types of weapons to undergo background checks, just as these individuals would if the weapons were registered to them individually. By closing this loophole, the regulation will ensure that machine guns and other particularly dangerous weapons do not end up in the wrong hands.

Keeping Surplus Military Weapons Off Our Streets

  • When the United States provides military firearms to its allies, either as direct commercial sales or through the foreign military sales or military assistance programs, those firearms may not be imported back into the United States without U.S. government approval. Since 2005, the U.S. Government has authorized requests to reimport more than 250,000 of these firearms.
  • Today, the Administration is announcing a new policy of denying requests to bring military-grade firearms back into the United States to private entities, with only a few exceptions such as for museums. This new policy will help keep military-grade firearms off our streets.



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11 Responses to “Obama Takes More Executive Action Against Gun Owners”

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    Darrell C. Carter Says:

    I COULD write a long-winded diatribe to communicate my point-of-view, but I’ll be succinct instead. There’s no real need for civilians to have weapons that belong on the battlefields. Yes, you would like to see the executive branch work more towards a consensus with Congress on these matters, but that’s the approach that’s been tried for decades. The two sides are simply too entrenched, and meanwhile, there’s an unprecedented amount of gun violence in American society.

    Obviously, there’s a mental health problem in America that contributes to these incidents, so that has to be addressed as well, but to fall back on The Constitution’s 2nd Amendment seems like an overreach. Does the right to bear arms really mean that civilians should be able to arm a paramilitary regime? What’s the problem with requiring registration for these assault weapons? I understand that it’s many people’s view that the government is steadily chipping away from our liberties. But isn’t it obvious that there are flaws and outdated ideals in our society, and that sometimes government NEEDS to step in and make changes?

    Do we need people arming themselves as if a zombie apocalypse is imminent?

    [Editor's note to Darrell C. Carter: Darrell, the Militia of the several States is required in the U.S. Constitution. That militia is to be armed up to the level of any invading force which may assault our country. In America, we the people are the final word on homeland security. Acting through our County and State militias we eliminate the need for the federal bureaucracy called Department of Homeland Security. All able citizens are to be armed and trained, and the Constitution requires the Federal government to ensure that the State militias are "well regulated". Oath Keepers stands firm on the Constitution as written. When our Federal government departed from that Constitution came the decline of America. Thank you for reading. Salute!
    Elias Alias, editor]

  2. 2
    Charlie BROWN Says:

    Just bought an m1a scout yesterday, wheeeeu!! just in the nick of time. This little dictator is going to keep running over a spineless congress, until he has the whole country under dictatorship.We are going to have to act soon and clean out the entire rat nest.

  3. 3
    Cal Says:

    It is PAST time to arrest and prosecute Obama and his administration, especially the ones in that picture; plus the military brass, etc who has been aiding him in the disarmament of the American people. Obama and his admistration has armed al’Quaida, who was blamed for 9/11 and who is mentioned within the NDAA as the main reason for the unlawful indefinite detention of American citizens and those legally allowed to be here. Je and Panetta, Dempsey committed TREASON against the USA by “giving authority over the USA and the US military to the UN”. What is worse is they admitted to treason against the USA to the senate during a senate hearing; that they “get their authority” from the UN, NOT the US Constitution.
    President Obama’s letter sent to Speaker of the House John Boehner (caps are mine):
    “… at my direction, U.S. military forces commenced operations to assist an international effort AUTHORIZED BY THE UNITED NATIONS (U.N.) SECURITY COUNCIL… Their purpose (US Military being turned into and over to the UN as the now UN military) is to support an international coalition as it takes all necessary measures to enforce the terms of U.N. Security Council Resolution 1973 (EXCEPT THIS RESOLUTION IS NOT LAWFUL AS IT IS NOT IN PURSUANCE OF THE US CONSTITUTION. These limited U.S. actions will set the stage for further action by other coalition partners.
    United Nations Security Council Resolution 1973 authorized Member States, under Chapter VII of the U.N. Charter.. employing unique U.S. military capabilities to set the conditions for our European allies and Arab partners to carry out the measures authorized by the U.N. Security Council Resolution.” ““They consulted the Arab League. They consulted the United Nations. They did not consult the United States Congress” (Democrat lawmaker)

    National Review’s Andrew McCarthy wrote: The Security Council is powerless to “authorize” the U.S. military to do a damned thing. The validity of American combat operations is a matter of American law, and that means Congress must authorize them.

    Our Constitution vests Congress with the power to declare war. That authority cannot be delegated to an international tribunal that lacks political accountability to the American people. The decision to go to war is the most significant one a body politic can make. Thus the Framers designed our system to make certain that the responsible officials are answerable to the people whose lives are at stake and who are expected to foot the bills.

    This is also an act of congressional abdication of responsibility. If one leaves the declaration of war by congress requirement aside, congress’ control over the purse strings still gives a determined congressional majority ample latitude to restrain presidential foreign policy. So those in the congress that have abdicated their duty also broke their oath and the contract made that allows them to serve in the position they occupy.

    There are exceptions for departing from this requirement of ONLY the congress can declare war, but they have been clear, well-defined, and well within the President’s duties as Commander in Chief:

    In the case of an IMMINENT THREAT OF ATTACK ON THE United States it has been recognized that the President has been assigned that authority, duty, to act in a manner to defend the USA and her people. If that response results in a sustained conflict then Congress has to become involved, but that can happen at a later date as all US presidents are given the duty of DEFENSE of the USA.

    “Article I of the Constitution clearly gives Congress, not the president, the “power… to declare War.” The Founding Fathers sought to avoid a situation where one man had the power to commit the nation to war on his own initiative.

    A lot of people bring up the War Powers Act as if it makes everything legal. It does not. The US Constitution assigned the duties, powers, to each branch that they are ALLOWED to have. Any other powers that any branch takes beyond those assigned is usurpation: “A wrongful seizure or exercise of authority”. Remember, ALL treaties MUST BE IN PURSUANCE OF THE US CONSTITUTION. ALL treaties. That is the lawful REQUIREMENT of our legitimate government.

    There is NOTHING legal about this. Not one single executive order is lawful no matter when made since ONLY the congress can write legislation.

    Surplus Military Weapons – ALL surplus military weapons, plus those that have gone to law enforcement instead of the state militias, must go to each states militia not left in foreign nations. Not just the surplus military grade weapons either. Think I am incorrect? Read the duties of the legislative branch once again:

    Constitution of the United States of America, Article I, Section. 1: All legislative Powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives.

    US Constitution, Article I, Section. 8, starting with Clause 11: “To declare War, grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal, and make Rules concerning Captures on Land and Water”.
    Because the congress has the duty to grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal – Using private citizens in their own privately owned crafts to defend the USA and her people.

    Clause 15 requires the congress to: “To provide for calling forth the Militia to execute the Laws of the Union, suppress Insurrections and REPEL INVASIONS”. The militia of each state is taxed with the defense of the USA and her people, not just with the defense of their state.

    Clause 16 makes clear that ARMING OF THE MILITIA OF EACH STATE is a congressional duty by requiring those them: “To provide for organizing, ARMING, and disciplining, the Militia, and for governing such Part of them as may be employed in the Service of the United States, reserving to the States respectively, the Appointment of the Officers, and the Authority of training the Militia according to the discipline prescribed by Congress”.

    The US Congress has the duty and obligation to arm each state’s militia with the type of arms that will “repel invasions”- the same arms as the modern military uses. Each SATE has the duty to train the militia in the proper use of those arms.

    So when the federal government, regardless of the branch, provides military firearms to its “allies” and not to each state’s militia as they are lawfully required, they are going against the US Constitution.

    Oliver Ellsworth, Connecticut Convention, stated clearly: “This Constitution defines the extent of the powers of the general government. If the general legislature, Congress should at any time overleap their limits, if the United States go beyond their powers, if they make a law which the Constitution does not authorize, it is void”

    The Constitution of the United States is a law for rulers and people, equally in war and peace, and covers with the shield of its protection all classes of men, at all times, and under all circumstances. No doctrine involving more pernicious consequences was ever invented by the wit of man than that any of its provisions can be suspended during any of the great exigencies of government. Such a doctrine leads directly to anarchy or despotism.” The Supreme Court of the United States

  4. 4
    Cal Says:

    “Je and Panetta, Dempsey committed TREASON against the USA by “giving authority over the USA and the US military to the UN”.” should be, was “Obama…”

    Sorry trying out “libreofficewriter”… not sure I like it as I am used to MS office, but I can no longer in good conscience support Bill Gates so…..

  5. 5
    Lee Says:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G6Fn-npMu6k

  6. 6
    William Carter Says:

    Things are coming to a head quickly now, aren’t they?

    Worsening economy, mass graves across the Country ready to bury the dead from whatever is about to unfold, DHS buying billions of rounds of ammunition, NSA’s new data center in Utah, FEMA Camps across the Country, many staffed but unoccupied, a possible conflict with Syria, and, now, Mr. Islamo-fascist dictator signs another executive order targeting the 2nd Amendment.

    I’m game, folks.

    Let’s play!!! Let’s put these tyrants, traitors and globalists in their place.

    “The answer to 1984 is 1776.”

    MOLON LABE, cowards, sissies and traitors!!!

  7. 7
    Charlie BROWN Says:

    Does any one know where I can get 1000 rds. of 7.62/51 NATO Monday morning?

  8. 8
    RT Says:

    This person holds the office of the Presidency unlawfully. Everything he has ordered and signed is void and has no legal ground. He must be brought to trial for fraud and crimes against the American people. Congress needs to grow some BALLS and make a stand against this man.

  9. 9
    Big Al Says:

    Take a good hard look at the smirks on their heathen faces and engrave that image in your mind, these traitors will pay the ultimate price for their un-Godly actions…
    Semper Fi, Do or Die

  10. 10
    Charlie BROWN Says:

    @ William Carter, where are you seeing these mass graves being dug? I Live in E. WA. near the ID. border and I would like to go see where they are doing the digging,really, can you let me know.

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