Longtime SHTF Blog reader and FFL dealer (free plug: check out his gun listings by going right here and typing “Rockwood Armz” in the seller category; he can order/ship almost anything (tell him SHTF Blog sent you and maybe you’ll get a discount … maybe … )) sent me a link over the weekend to a post at the National Sports Shooting Foundation’s blog.
According to a recent Washington Post article, federal firearm regulators are proposing an “emergency requirement” that would require certain FFL gun dealers to report “bulk sales” of certain firearms beginning as soon as next month. Specifically, dealers would be required to notify the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) when they sell, within 5 consecutive business days, two or more semiautomatic rifles greater than .22 caliber that accept detachable magazines. The requirement would last 6 months unless additional action is taken.
The intent of this requirement, aimed (no pun intended) at FFL dealers in the Southwest (it appears), is to combat the increasing role of U.S. purchased firearms smuggled to Mexican drug lords, who seem to like AR-15s and AK-47s. The article states that more than 60,000 guns seized by Mexican police in the Mexican drug wars have been traced back to U.S. sources. More than 30,000 people have died in the drug wars.
The article states:
The idea of such a requirement is so controversial to many gun owners that administration officials proceeded cautiously for fear of provoking the National Rifle Association, sources said. On Thursday, Chris W. Cox, the NRA’s chief lobbyist, lambasted the plan as an attempt to create a national gun registry.
“This administration does not have the guts to build a wall, but they do have the audacity to blame and register gun owners for Mexico’s problems,” Cox said. “NRA supports legitimate efforts to stop criminal activity, but we will not stand idle while our Second Amendment is sacrificed for politics.”
Under the plan, the ATF, which enforces federal gun laws and regulates firearm dealers, would send what is called a “demand letter” to dealers along the border asking them to report the multiple sales, ATF officials said.
What does this mean for the average prepper? Probably not too much unless you’re 1) in the market for a few high capacity firearms and plan to buy more than one from one dealer in one week, and 2) concerned about your name being sent to the ATF. Many in the prepper community will see this as a gross infringement of 2nd Amendment rights. Is it?
(about 80 AR-15s found at a Mexican drug cartel training camp)
I can see both sides of the argument. On the one hand, who is the government to tell a dealer he/she has to report my name to them if I buy a few rifles in one week? I don’t want my name sent anywhere! On the other hand, critics say the government needs to “enforce laws already on the books” and yet this is exactly what they’re trying to do, catch people breaking straw purchase laws.
Complaining about it, from the latter perspective, is like all of the people complaining about the government not doing enough to prevent 9/11 and now complaining about TSA airport pat downs. How can you complain about both?
It’s like people complaining about the militarization of U.S. police departments and yet don’t want to do anything about restricting individuals’ access to military-style firearms. Cops are confronting more and more military-style rifles in crime scenes. What are they supposed to do?
But again, I see both sides of the argument, which then begs the question, at least for me – What is a reasonable level of gun regulations?
I don’t know. I want the right to be able to buy the firearm of my choice without getting my name sent ANYWHERE, but I also know there are some sketchy, SCARY people out there that shouldn’t have access to any gun – at all. How is the government supposed to balance both the law abiding individual’s right and the right for people to have a reasonable level of safety while out in public?
Years ago very few people had any interest in an AR-15 or similar rifle. Years ago a police officer would feel quite comfortable responding to a crime with nothing more than a .38 revolver at his side, but … not anymore. Years ago if you owned a high capacity, military-style rifle you would probably have been one of the most heavily armed persons in town. Now, from a SHTF perspective, you almost need one just to be on par with the street thugs and gang bangers that’ll come knocking on your door for food WTSHTF.
– Ranger Man
BTW: Rockwood Armz dude also sent me a funny, somewhat related joke.
A guy cruises through a stop sign and gets pulled over by a local policeman.
Guy hands the cop his driver’s license, insurance verification and his concealed carry permit.
“Okay, Mr. Bean,” the cop says, “I see your CC permit. Are you carrying today?”
“Yes, I am.”
“Well then, better tell me what you got.”
Bean says, “Well, I got a .357 revolver in my inside coat pocket. There’s a 9mm semi-auto in the glove box. And, I’ve got a .22 magnum derringer in my right boot.”
“Okay,” the cop says. “Anything else?”
“Yeah, back in the trunk, there’s an AR15 and a shotgun. That’s about it.”
“Mr. Bean, are you on your way to or from a gun range…?”
“Well then, what are you afraid of…?”
“Not a damn thing…”