The Obama administration goes back to the Assault Weapon Ban

Reading this report it appears as if the Obama administration wants to have stricter gun control regulations for imported guns than existed under the Federal Assault Weapon ban. The conclusion of this BATF report is ominous. Obviously the Obama administration can't be trusted with determining what a "true" sporting gun is.

The purpose of section 925(d)(3) is to provide a limited exception to the general prohibition on the importation of firearms without placing “any undue or unnecessary Federal restrictions or burdens on law-abiding citizens with respect to the acquisition, possession, or use of firearms....”51 Our determinations will in no way preclude the importation of true sporting shotguns. While it will certainly prevent the importation of certain shotguns, we believe that those shotguns containing the enumerated features cannot be fairly characterized as “sporting” shotguns under the statute. Therefore, it is the recommendation of the working group that shotguns with any of the characteristics or features listed above not be authorized for importation.

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Blogger Chas said...

The GCA '68's sporting purpose requirement is an unconstitutional infringement of Second Amendment rights because it denies Americans access to firearms that are consistent with the Second Amendment, while allowing them access to firearms that are not consistent with the Second Amendment.
The Second Amendment speaks of the importance of the security of a free state, not the importance of sport. We are entitled to the weapons of war, not toys for our amusement. We have the right to keep and bear arms, and that must not be infringed by denying us access to arms. It is a right to be respected, not a privilege to be restricted.
GCA ‘68 was a despicable attempt to con the American people out of their rights. The “sporting purpose” requirement should be struck down as unconstitutional, since it is grossly inconsistent with the Second Amendment.

1/28/2011 3:19 PM  
Blogger Martin G. Schalz said...

Outstanding post Chas! As far as the "sporting purpose" being struck down, all laws restricting ownership of firearms are illegal and should be abolished. After all, the Second Amendment is for our protection from our government.

What truly bothers I, is the fact that there are many in each branch of the Federal Government that simply pick and choose what portions of the Bill of Rights that they wish to enforce, and which to ignore. SCOTUS has always done a poor job of enforcing our rights, and all because of political considerations.

Take the First Amendment as a fine example. SCOTUS does not allow a child to pray in school, yet Congress cannot prohibit the free exercise thereof. With the aforementioned in mind, it is no wonder that some completely ignore, and attempt to subvert the Second...

1/31/2011 1:43 PM  

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