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Action!

ATF issues a letter telling FFLs how to do transfers they already know how to do.

9 Responses to “Action!”

  1. Sigivald says:

    Somewhat boggling.

    I mean, you have to do it anyway for an interstate transfer.

    And for an in-state one, well… I wouldn’t sell a gun to someone I didn’t think passed the smell test well enough to make me think a NICS check was a waste of time and FFL fee money.

    So I guess, uh, it’s sorta nice to remind people that they can have a dealer run it for them, I suppose?

    At least it’s not particularly harmful.

  2. MattW says:

    The President himself called for this letter to be issued, yet Mr. Yoder, the Division Chief, couldn’t even sign the letter himself.

    Some priority that is.

  3. MikeJ says:

    An I the only one that read those “Executive Orders” (or were they “Executive Actions”) and thought on about 1/2 of them:
    “Shouldn’t you be doing or done this already?”
    “You have to announce that?”
    “Doesn’t the NRA already do that or announced they were going to?”

    5. Propose rulemaking to give law enforcement the ability to run a full background check on an individual before returning a seized gun.
    I would bet any sheriff or police officer doesn’t feel constrained not to run a check.. heck, pawn shops are required.

    7. Launch a national safe and responsible gun ownership campaign.
    Eddie Eagle? NSSF?

    9. Issue a Presidential Memorandum to require federal law enforcement to trace guns recovered in criminal investigations.
    What? They don’t do that now? I have a feeling many cops will feel this one is very odd.

    11. Nominate an ATF director.
    He could have done this last year… might have been interesting with F&F.

    13. Maximize enforcement efforts to prevent gun violence and prosecute gun crime.
    Oh yeah, gun crime prosecution is at the lowest level it’s been in 5+ years.

    19. Develop model emergency response plans for schools, houses of worship and institutions of higher education.
    Ummm, sounds familiar? Maybe they were watching that press conference a couple weeks back…

    • Harold says:

      As has been archly noted elsewhere (Hotair according to my father), when he signed item 11 on appointing a new ATF director he was issuing an order to himself….

  4. thefirstndsecond says:

    Sounds like they are gearing up to remove private sales of long guns.

    The war is not over! Stay thirsty my friends and keep up the fight!

  5. Andy says:

    Like I put on VftP, some opportunity exists for some additional public conversation.

    “Hey, Barry, interesting ideas. Have I outlined our existing gun safety and education initiatives ? I think we can help on some of these.”

  6. gene says:

    Why does a dealer havve to file a 4473 form,he is not selling anything. This looks like back door registration.

  7. If this had opened up NICS to folks, or let me do “face to face” transfers at a FFL without the 4473, or if it had provided a federal subsidy for FFLs who run private transfers so that they can do it at reduced or no cost, it might have been useful.

    As it is, it is absolutely useless other than as a PR stunt intended to ease the way towards ending private sales.

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