The Obama Import Ban

It seemed as though we had relative peace and quiet on the 2nd Amendment front after handing Feinstein and her merry band of anti-freedom clowns a smack-down post Sandy Hook. We soundly defeated all attempts by leftists to grab our semi-automatic rifles and standard capacity magazines at the federal level. Sadly, some states enacted new laws in the wake of the tragedy and further encroached on their citizens Constitutionally protected rights, but the rest of us escaped mostly unscathed due to the quick and decisive action of gun owners.

For the most part the gun-grabbers had whimpered off, licking their wounds and were relegated to waiting for the next tragedy to happen so they could spring forth with new gun ban proposals. The latest school attack was perpetrated by a kid Akimbo wielding kitchen knives and that’s just not enough to excite the masses to support new “assault weapons bans” or magazine capacity limits.

Apparently the wait was too much for them to bare, after all, these folks find liberty and the Bill of Rights so distasteful they can only sit quiet for so long. Having an insatiable itch to push something, ANYTHING, forward on the gun-grabbing front, 80 Congresscritters drafted a letter to the gun-grabber in chief calling for him to waive his magical pen and ban all future imports of semi-automatic firearms. That means no more AK’s, SCAR’s, Tavors, PS90′s, Saiga and VEPR shotguns, etc. should Obama choose to take such action.

Read the rest of the article: http://www.thebangswitch.com/the-obama-import-ban/

Holder: We Want to Explore Gun Tracking Bracelets

“By making them either through finger print identification, the gun talks to a bracelet or something that you might wear, how guns can be used only by the person who is lawfully in possession of the weapon.”

“It’s those kinds of things that I think we want to try to explore so that we can make sure that people have the ability to enjoy their Second Amendment rights, but at the same time decreasing the misuse of weapons that lead to the kinds of things that we see on a daily basis,” Holder said.

The Justice Department has requested $382.1 million in increased spending for its fiscal year 2014 budget for “gun safety.”

Read the rest of the article: http://freebeacon.com/issues/holder-we-want-to-explore-gun-tracking-bracelets/

Banning Based On Looks

In a letter circulating on Capitol Hill, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., is demanding a ban on imported semi-automatic weapons because, in her words, they are “modeled closely after military firearms,” the Daily Caller reported Thursday.

“Many semiautomatic firearms on the market today do not have a military origin but are modeled closely after military firearms,” she wrote, citing the Gun Control Act of 1968. “These military-style firearms are not prohibited under the current import ban, even though they are functionally equivalent to prohibited rifles with a military origin.”
Source: http://www.examiner.com/article/feinstein-ban-semi-automatic-weapons-because-they-look-like-military-firearms

The full text of Feinstein’s letter can be seen at The Daily Caller
Source: http://dailycaller.com/2014/03/20/dianne-feinstein-pushes-for-semi-automatic-rifle-import-ban-based-on-45-year-old-law/

I’m sorry, but the original intent of the 2nd Amendment was to enable citizens to own weapons equivalent to those that the military possessed — to be used in the event that the government needed to be overthrown. Not weapons that merely looked like the ones in use by the military, but the exact same weapons. In fact, the United States Constitution (Article 1, Section 8) explicitly mentions Letters of Marque and Reprisal. There were privately owned warships with cannon in use during the Revolutionary War.
Source: http://www.senate.gov/civics/constitution_item/constitution.htm#a1_sec8

Durbin On 1 Round Magazines

In a canned email:

I support efforts that address illegal possession and use of firearms. Common sense restrictions such as bans on multi-round magazines and assault weapons are supported by law enforcement officials who patrol our streets [by the "law enforcement officials who patrol our streets," Senator, or by the political hacks, appointed by gun-hating politicians, who presume to both command them and speak for them?]. I also support universal background checks to prevent the transfer of firearms without a background check by non-licensed gun sellers.

Full story here: http://www.examiner.com/article/senator-durbin-wants-to-mandate-1-round-limit-on-magazines

Blocking Property of Additional Persons Contributing to the Situation in Ukraine

The president has issued an executive order, and section ii B may be of most importance to those in the gun community.

EXECUTIVE ORDER

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BLOCKING PROPERTY OF ADDITIONAL PERSONS CONTRIBUTING

TO THE SITUATION IN UKRAINE

By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (50 U.S.C. 1701 et seq.) (IEEPA), the National Emergencies Act (50 U.S.C. 1601 et seq.) (NEA), section 212(f) of the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952 (8 U.S.C. 1182(f)), and section 301 of title 3, United States Code,

I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, hereby expand the scope of the national emergency declared in Executive Order 13660 of March 6, 2014, finding that the actions and policies of the Government of the Russian Federation with respect to Ukraine — including the recent deployment of Russian Federation military forces in the Crimea region of Ukraine — undermine democratic processes and institutions in Ukraine; threaten its peace, security, stability, sovereignty, and territorial integrity; and contribute to the misappropriation of its assets, and thereby constitute an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States. Accordingly, I hereby order:

Section 1. (a) All property and interests in property that are in the United States, that hereafter come within the United States, or that are or hereafter come within the possession or control of any United States person (including any foreign branch) of the following persons are blocked and may not be transferred, paid, exported, withdrawn, or otherwise dealt in:

(i) the persons listed in the Annex to this order; and

(ii) persons determined by the Secretary of the Treasury, in consultation with the Secretary of State:

(A) to be an official of the Government of the Russian Federation;

(B) to operate in the arms or related materiel sector in the Russian Federation;

(C) to be owned or controlled by, or to have acted or purported to act for or on behalf of, directly or indirectly:

(1) a senior official of the Government of the Russian Federation; or

(2) a person whose property and interests in property are blocked pursuant to this order; or

(D) to have materially assisted, sponsored, or provided financial, material, or technological support for, or goods or services to or in support of:

(1) a senior official of the Government of the Russian Federation; or

(2) a person whose property and interests in property are blocked pursuant to this order.

(b) The prohibitions in subsection (a) of this section apply except to the extent provided by statutes, or in regulations, orders, directives, or licenses that may be issued pursuant to this order, and notwithstanding any contract entered into or any license or permit granted prior to the effective date of this order.

Sec. 2. I hereby find that the unrestricted immigrant and nonimmigrant entry into the United States of aliens determined to meet one or more of the criteria in section 1(a) of this order would be detrimental to the interests of the United States, and I hereby suspend entry into the United States, as immigrants or nonimmigrants, of such persons. Such persons shall be treated as persons covered by section 1 of Proclamation 8693 of July 24, 2011 (Suspension of Entry of Aliens Subject to United Nations Security Council Travel Bans and International Emergency Economic Powers Act Sanctions).

Sec. 3. I hereby determine that the making of donations of the type of articles specified in section 203(b)(2) of IEEPA (50 U.S.C. 1702(b)(2)) by, to, or for the benefit of any person whose property and interests in property are blocked pursuant to section 1 of this order would seriously impair my ability to deal with the national emergency declared in Executive Order 13660, and I hereby prohibit such donations as provided by section 1 of this order.

Sec. 4. The prohibitions in section 1 of this order include but are not limited to:

(a) the making of any contribution or provision of funds, goods, or services by, to, or for the benefit of any person whose property and interests in property are blocked pursuant to this order; and

(b) the receipt of any contribution or provision of funds, goods, or services from any such person.

Sec. 5. (a) Any transaction that evades or avoids, has the purpose of evading or avoiding, causes a violation of, or attempts to violate any of the prohibitions set forth in this order is prohibited.

(b) Any conspiracy formed to violate any of the prohibitions set forth in this order is prohibited.

Sec. 6. For the purposes of this order:

(a) the term “person” means an individual or entity;

(b) the term “entity” means a partnership, association, trust, joint venture, corporation, group, subgroup, or other organization;

(c) the term “United States person” means any United States citizen, permanent resident alien, entity organized under the laws of the United States or any jurisdiction within the United States (including foreign branches), or any person in the United States; and

(d) the term the “Government of the Russian Federation” means the Government of the Russian Federation, any political subdivision, agency, or instrumentality thereof, including the Central Bank of the Government of the Russian Federation, and any person owned or controlled by, or acting for or on behalf of, the Government of the Russian Federation.

Sec. 7. For those persons whose property and interests in property are blocked pursuant to this order who might have a constitutional presence in the United States, I find that because of the ability to transfer funds or other assets instantaneously, prior notice to such persons of measures to be taken pursuant to this order would render those measures ineffectual. I therefore determine that for these measures to be effective in addressing the national emergency declared in Executive Order 13660, there need be no prior notice of a listing or determination made pursuant to section 1 of this order.

Sec. 8. The Secretary of the Treasury, in consultation with the Secretary of State, is hereby authorized to take such actions, including the promulgation of rules and regulations, and to employ all powers granted to the President by IEEPA, as may be necessary to carry out the purposes of this order. The Secretary of the Treasury may redelegate any of these functions to other officers and agencies of the United States Government consistent with applicable law. All agencies of the United States Government are hereby directed to take all appropriate measures within their authority to carry out the provisions of this order.

Sec. 9. The Secretary of the Treasury, in consultation with the Secretary of State, is hereby authorized to determine that circumstances no longer warrant the blocking of the property and interests in property of a person listed in the Annex to this order, and to take necessary action to give effect to that determination.

Sec. 10. This order is not intended to, and does not, create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by any party against the United States, its departments, agencies, or entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any other person.

Sec. 11. This order is effective at 12:01 a.m. eastern daylight time on March 17, 2014.

BARACK OBAMA

Source: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/03/17/executive-order-blocking-property-additional-persons-contributing-situat