NRA Threatens To Sue Obama Administration Over New Gun Laws
New regulations make it tougher to obtain guns
The National Rifle Association (NRA) are planning on lawyering up against new gun regulation rules that the Obama Administration reportedly will be introducing soon.
The new proposed gun regulation rules would include, as reported by The Daily Beast and Newsweek:
- A national electronic system designed to make background checks for handgun buyers simpler and faster, leaving an electronic paper trail under a law named for James Brady, Ronald Reagan’s press secretary who was wounded in the 1981 assassination attempt on the president.
- A new reporting requirement that federally licensed gun shops report any person who tries to buy two long-arm weapons near the Mexican border over a five-day period.
- Tougher sentencing guidelines for straw buyers that Holder’s department pushed through procedural hoops at the U.S. Sentencing Commission earlier this year.
The Administration says that these new rules will stifle “straw buying” operations where someone buys firearms at gun shows and sells them to someone else -- or as we say it in the city, “flipping guns.”
“Straw-buying” is blamed for contributing to violence in Mexican drug wars, pointing to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearm’s maligned “Fast and Furious” program that reportedly allowed more than 100 semi-automatic weapons to cross the border into the hands of cartels.
“This is a blatant effort by the Obama Administration and ATF to divert the focus of Congress and the general public from their gross incompetence in the ‘Fast and Furious’ scandal,” said Chris W. Cox, executive director, NRA-ILA in a statement. “This scheme will unjustly burden law-abiding retailers in border states. It will not affect drug cartels and and it won't prevent violence along our borders. ATF and the Administration lacks the statutory authority to do this and the NRA will file suit as soon as ATF sends the first demand letters.”
Why is the NRA upset about this? Well, they are accusing the Obama Administration of covering up their own mistakes and also bypassing Congress to get anti-gun policies created in the process. The NRA doesn’t think this move will actually keep guns out of the hands of criminals though.
But aren’t background checks meant to keep guns away from criminals and crazy people?
“We disagree with both the idea that people may be traced like a criminal for buying guns and how the Obama Administration is going about doing it,” NRA spokesperson Rachel Parsons told The Loop 21.
However, when asked if O.J. Simpson deserved a background check if he tried to buy a gun at a gun show, she retorted, “Convicted felons aren’t even allowed to have guns, so he wouldn’t have any business being around us anyway.”