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NRA to sue over multiple rifle sales

So reports Josh Gerstein:

The National Rifle Association is vowing to sue the Obama administration after it announced Monday that it will begin to require gun dealers in four border states to send reports to the government following multiple sales of some semi-automatic longarms.

“They donít have the statutory authority to do it and weíll file a lawsuit as soon as the first letters are sent” demanding the sales information from dealers, the NRA’s legislative director Chris Cox told POLITICO Monday afternoon.


An appropriately named column too.

Via Joe, who notes: What isnít explicitly stated is that the requiring the reporting of gun sales cannot be done by executive order. A change of this type requires legislative action.

11 Responses to “NRA to sue over multiple rifle sales”

  1. North Says:

    All laws in this country soon do be done by executive order. First order will be abolish the constitution. Then the royalty can make any orders that they want.

    I’m hoping that the last order will be the order to the firing squad…

  2. Name Redacted Says:

    Look, the only thing keeping the president honest is impeachment risk, they can make executive orders faster than the courts can vacate them, and sovereign immunity means they are at no personal risk, so … it will not end.

  3. Phelps Says:

    Is there anyone purchasing multiple rifles that isnt already working for the aft on projectgun walker?

  4. Bubblehead Les Says:

    Holder to Obama: “So for Phase 2 of GunRunner, we’ll just load up some rifles on that Mexican Freighter sitting in Seattle, and send it down West Coast…”

  5. IllTemperedCur Says:

    Even if this asinine reporting requirement were to stick, from what I understand about these new regs, only semiautos that accept detachable mags would fall under the new rule. So border FFLs would just need to add in Calif-style “bullet buttons” to convert to fixed mag rifles. Original mag release hardware could legally be swapped back in by the purchaser in about 5 minutes.

    In the recent past, ATF has acknowledged that bullet button hardware is sufficient to convert a rifle to “fixed magazine” status (apparently Calguns has the emails from ATF). Not to mention that there are probably 100s of thousands of bullet button equipped rifles being legally used in the un-free states.

    Regardless of the obvious illegality of the new rule, it’s essentially unenforceable.

  6. IllTemperedCur Says:

    The relevant Calguns thread with the BATFE email text from Jan 2011….

  7. Ferret Says:

    This is the bait. Keep an eye out for the switch that is undoubtedly on deck already, waiting for the next big media distraction.

  8. Shootin' Buddy Says:

    Hooray for the GOA stepping up and doing this!

    If only we could get those do nothings at the NRA to do something about this but they are so busy with creating new gun control efforts.

  9. Old NFO Says:

    Gotta agree with Ferret… There IS something else coming…

  10. 45er Says:

    The cost of tracking this for the gun dealers is something to consider as well. I work in the financial industry where government regulates without consideration to cost of the private business. It could be intentional on the part of the government, as well. Think about “reporting sales of 2 or more to the same person within 1 week”, then think about how in the world you would track that. It’s just a private business’ money, why should the government care?

  11. Heather Says:

    The “Something Else” might be the rumor about the “online background check system” which seems to me to mean “registration.”

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