Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Obama Executive Order Cannot Legally Enact Rifle-Reporting Law

Effort to Bypass Congress Is Illegitimate, Experts Say
Similar Laws Have Required Bills, Open Debate, Recorded Votes
News Media Asleep at the Wheel, Reporting Without Questioning
Firearm Owners Protection Act Bans Such Proposals Altogether
Congress Already Rejected Reporting for Long Guns
Equal Protection Under the Law Defeated by Four-State Proposal
Agents Expected to Obey an Illegal Order

If this stands up, limits on power fall apart --
Is that the true goal of Project Gunrunner?

The effort by the Obama administration to establish new gun law by executive order is not a legal method for enacting law in the United States, according to Alan Korwin, a national expert on gun law and author of nine books on the subject. Other experts agree that such a measure requires an act of Congress, and cannot legitimately be implemented by executive order, as Mr. Obama is attempting to do.
"We already have rapid-reporting requirements for multiple firearm sales, for handguns," Mr. Korwin notes, "and this required Congress to draft and enact a statute, which became federal law 18 U.S.C. §923(g). It's not legal to create another similar law for long guns without Congress," Korwin says.
When that law was changed to allow reporting of multiple handgun sales to local authorities, in addition to federal officials, that also required federal law, which was passed as part of the Brady bill. Congress had an opportunity to include long guns in those reporting requirements, and rejected it. Congress is the only entity with legitimate power to change that, Korwin and other experts say.
According to knowledgeable observers, a firearms bill like this would not make it through Congress, since the House is firmly in pro-gun-rights Republican hands. This may explain Obama's effort to sidestep Congress and attempt to enact a gun law by decree instead of due process and open transparent deliberation. "Mr. Obama knows such a bill would have no chance of passage in the current Congress. His attempt to avoid Congress is an affront to all Americans, regardless of where they stand on the gun-rights issue," said Larry Pratt, executive director of Gun Owners of America. "Apparently the president is a fan of former Clinton advisor Paul Begala's approach to government: "Stroke of the pen, law of the land. Kinda cool!"
A president who attempts to pass laws on his own is dangerous to the nation.
"If the administration can get away with this and enact new law without Congress, there is no practical limit on presidential exercise of power, a truly frightening development," says Philip Van Cleave, a civil-rights activist and president of the Virginia Citizens Defense League. "Even attempting to grab such power is a tyrannical act," Van Cleave says.
No justification or rational is known that would allow such action regarding rifle sales, when the essentially same law for handguns required a bill and proper passage. This goes even one step further than Obama's federal health care law, which then Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi said we would have to pass to learn what's in it. That at least used Congress for an appearance of legitimacy, this bypasses Congress completely.
Equal treatment under the law would also be defeated by the move, since the attempt singles out dealers in only four states -- California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas. One gun dealer, who refused to be identified, pointed out that this will force Mexico's deadly vicious drug cartels to make their illegal straw purchases in the other 46 states.
Nevada, Utah, Colorado and Oklahoma are the next closest states to the Mexican border, and could conceivably see an uptick in the sales Obama claims he is trying to thwart. Those states would be under no obligation to report multiple sales, though licensed dealers are typically vigilant and report sales that seem suspicious, if for no other reason than to protect their licenses to operate.
"The whole scheme is preposterous," says Kim Grady, a board member and national coordinator for Second Amendment Sisters. "Federal agents were the ones smuggling guns into Mexico in the first place, to bolster the numbers Mr. Obama, Hillary Clinton and Eric Holder were loudly promoting to build support for more gun control -- even after their numbers were exposed as false," Ms. Grady notes. "The ATF-managed straw sales sales were repeatedly reported to ATF officials, who ignored the information. Now dealers will be required to do what they were already doing, to the rogue agency that ignored them? This has nothing to do with gun control, and everything to do with control." If a new law is needed, Grady said, it's one to imprison federal agents who cooperate in gun smuggling, not more paperwork for honest and conscientious licensed business people.
According to ATF, the new edict will generate 18,000 reports in a year. It is unknown where the staff and money to handle such a load will come from, or how the information will be used. FOPA specifically bans collecting this information in any sort of federal facility.
According to Charles Heller, the newly appointed executive director of Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership, "The ultimate aim of all regulations like the one in this executive order, is to make it so difficult for private citizens to own and shoot a gun, that they no longer bother to do so. This is EXACTLY what the Declaration of Independence, whose anniversary we just celebrated, refers to as 'sending forth agents to eat out our substance.'"
Heller notes that, "In the recent Gunrunner debacle, the Obama administration attempted to pad the statistics of 'crime guns' going to Mexico from the U.S. This is a violation of several U.S. laws, committed by law enforcement agents who failed to refuse illegal orders. The solution is simple and straightforward -- disarm the agents and decertify the agency as a law enforcement organization. Remove their badges, and give them business cards like any other bureaucrats. Turn them from jack-boots into gumshoes."
According to published reports, Obama promised action on gun restrictions to long-time anti-rights activist Sarah Brady, saying they would come "under the radar," after he got things properly positioned. It defies imagination to suggest that Project Gunrunner, and the Fast and Furious smuggling crimes were just fronts that had nothing to do with padding the numbers, gun smuggling, or even building political support for gun control. "If that was just a smokescreen, all arranged so Mr. Obama could begin enacting gun law by decree instead of through Congress, now that would be one slick pre-planned political stratagem," said author Korwin, adding, "I can't believe he's that clever, but it sure looks like he's getting that result."
The NRA has promised a lawsuit to fight the administration's decree, about the only action short of impeachment that can be taken if a president acts outside the law. That case would be heard in federal courts, which operate under Obama's Justice Dept. and AG Eric Holder, which have in the past mysteriously dismissed cases they did not like. Voter intimidation by a black panther in Philadelphia, for example, disappeared, even though the club-wielding perp was caught on videotape.

1 comment:

  1. Get Obama before a Grand Jury and ask "what did you know and when did you know it" and if you don't know about it, who is running this operation under your nose. You are either corrupt or ignorant, and if you are both we are all up S*&T creek.