Reports Indicate Obama Administration Preparing New Gun Control Regulations - The Truth About Guns
The Hill is reporting that there’s some movement on gun control from the White House. The Obama administration has had terrible results when trying to enact gun control legislation the legal way – through Congress and by passing new laws – so the rumor of the day is that his administration is preparing to use executive powers to change the policies of the government agencies under his control to enact some of those new restrictions anyway.
Some of these proposals are already out in the light of day.
The rule change for domestic violence is scheduled for a final action in November of 2015, for example, following a comment period that closed in 1998. Exactly what that entails no one really knows, since the only reference to that rule change was in an ATF circular dated from 1998 that no one has really seen since.
The rule change for secure gun storage is also on the register now, but the exact nature of the change is still yet to be revealed. There’s an existing law that requires gun locks to be made available to firearms purchasers, but how far the ATF wants to bend that rule is still unknown. The comment period for that rule is set to open in about a month.
As for the definition of a “pistol,” the proposal for that change has apparently been in the works since 2005 and is just now coming to action. Its extremely murky trying to decipher the specific rule change being made, as once again the only text we have on that is from an obscure ATF circular from 2005. It is entirely possible that this might be an attempt to re-classify AR-15 pistols as something else entirely, so stay tuned.