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ATF 41P on NFA Trusts Moved Beyond Election

Dave Hardy is reporting a decision is being pushed off until 2015. I tend to think nervous Democrats are, well, nervous about doing this so close to an election year. ATF will also no doubt want to be sure all its Is are dotted and Ts crossed, because they are nearly certain to face lawsuits over whatever is decided. I don’t think this represents a lack of enthusiasm on the part of the Administration for getting this rule in place. Getting paybacks against those who oppose him is important, after all. But it does represent the reality that they know they can’t just throw caution to the wind. Any other issue would have been steamrolled already.

3 Responses to “ATF 41P on NFA Trusts Moved Beyond Election”

  1. RP says:

    I love the first sentence of the Guardian article

    A plan by President Barack Obama to close a loophole which allows Americans to buy weapons such as machine guns, grenades and sawn-off shotguns without undergoing background checks is set to be delayed, due to intense opposition from the NRA and other anti-gun-control activists.

    I bet the number of criminals who have exploited this “loophole” is exactly zero.

  2. I don’t think that this means anything except that it is taking the workers at NFA branch longer than expected to write their answers to the comments, dismissing all the concerns raised by the commenters.

    When they catch up, they will publish the final rule with answers to each comment, tending to the tautological, such as, “NFA Branch disagrees that fingerprinting will cost users more money based on our determination that it does not cost users any money” and such nonsense. They do not care about actually addressing the substance of any of the comments, only about “checking the box” under the Administrative Procedures Act so they can defend their rule in a suit.

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