11/21/2013

Obama using executive orders pushing gun control: Lots of costs, no benefits

So exactly why would it matter for stopping crime whether gun dealers do their inventories once a month or once every quarter?  Obviously doing inventories more frequently is more costly.  But suppose that gun dealers report any stolen guns more quickly.  What exactly will the government do with this information that will help solve crime?  The point here is more quickly to "shine light on an often unseen corner of the gun market."  Clearly the goal is just to make getting a gun more costly, not to lower crime rates.  From The Hill newspaper:
Police have a hard time tracking firearms that disappear from gun shops, which “just feeds the sort of already large and existing secondary market on guns,” said Sam Hoover, a staff attorney with the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. 
It is unclear precisely what the draft regulations, drawn up by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and under review at the White House’s regulations office, would do. . . . 
The draft rule was sent to the White House five months after the ATF completed a report that found that more than 190,000 firearms were estimated to have been lost or stolen last year. The report was one of 23 executive actions President Obama announced in January to reduce gun violence in the wake of last year’s shooting in Newtown, Conn. 
That report helped to shine light on an often unseen corner of the gun market, supporters of stricter gun laws say. . . .

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