Interesting synopsis


Leaked: ATF Documents on 80% Parts

The rights of the American people are apparently under review, as President Biden informed the country just a few weeks ago. Between braces, 80% parts, and red flag laws, the deadlines were set urging the government to come out with clear statements about how they will treat such items in the future. Better said, how they will regulate the rights of the people. The ATF, or AFT depending on who you ask, has been hard at work and the documents regarding their decisions have hardly been kept behind closed doors. Docket No. ATF 2021R-05 is out in the wild and it sets its sights on firearms parts.

In its current form, the 107 page document aims to reconsider what the ATF considers a firearm, a gunsmith, and what it means for a firearm to be “complete.” Attached to the expected verbiage on reclassifying inanimate objects as something deemed too dangerous for other people to have, the document includes a proposal to change how the ATF tracks your data or the things you might want to own.

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3d Printed guns are left alone (surprise-surprise-surprise)
BUT…..as I read the document, an AR upper receiver, or any other similar type could (and knowing bureaucraps) probably would be considered a ‘full’ receiver since it houses the bolt (page 23). But you read the document at your convenience.


Leaked ATF Document Details Biden Plan to Ban ‘Ghost Guns’

An internal Department of Justice document explaining how the Biden Administration plans to restrict so-called ghost guns was leaked on Tuesday.

The 107-page document, obtained by The Reload, outlines changes the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) wants to make to outlaw the sale of homemade gun kits by unlicensed manufactures. At the direction of President Joe Biden, the agency plans to propose federal rule changes, which would require anyone selling unfinished firearms receivers to obtain a federal license and mark the parts with a serial number. Anyone who continues to sell unfinished receivers without a license could face federal felony charges.

April Langwell, chief of the ATF’s Public Affairs Division, neither confirmed nor denied the document’s authenticity. She told The Reload she could not “comment on internal communications or deliberations on potential or hypothetical rulemakings.”

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OSD 112: Unbrace yourself
The NFA is pro mass incarceration. A history of why gun control has seemed like the thing that smart, kind people are supposed to think — and why that’s changing.

As expected, the ATF is going to be redefining what they consider legal and illegal with 80% receivers and pistol braces. They’ll be announcing details over the next 1-2 months, but the main effects will be:

  • An immediate slate of lawsuits that may or may not succeed in blocking the redefinitions
  • More attention on the ATF’s definition of what a receiver is in the first place. AR lowers are not covered by the current definition (disclaimer: this isn’t legal advice!), and several defendants have gotten their charges dropped by pushing that issue in court. People on all sides have avoided talking about that, because it’s not especially in anyone’s interests to open the “let’s redefine the fundamental rules of what constitutes a receiver” can of worms. But that may not be avoidable for much longer.
  • Several million brace owners will suddenly be guilty of NFA violations punishable by ten years in prison. That’s the National Firearms Act, the law from 1934 that makes it so that long guns are legal, short guns are legal, and medium guns are extremely illegal. Unless you pay a $200 tax, fill out a piece of paper, and wait a few months, in which case they’re legal again.

It’s that last bullet point we want to focus on this week. Around the announcement of these executive orders, there’s been a push to brand pistol braces as the new boogeyman. (We’d refer you here, as ever, to “The Submarine”, Paul Graham’s classic essay about how PR campaigns work.)

That tactic has been smart. If you’ve ever explained barrel length laws and pistol braces to a newbie — we have, many times — you know that the modal response is something like, “Well that’s the dumbest law I’ve heard of in a long time. Why should anyone go to jail over that?” So in polite society, one can’t argue from scratch that a pistol brace should send you to prison for ten years. Instead, you have to present a pistol brace ban as an innocuous extension to a law that people don’t even think to question.

Here’s the general principle:

A pistol brace ban is the proximate mistruth. But the foundational lie is the NFA itself. Consider the following two statements:

  1. The NFA is an 87-year-old gun law, and pistol braces are dancing around the edges of it. The ATF should scrutinize pistol braces for compliance with the law.
  2. The police should take you to prison for ten years if your gun’s barrel is 15” long instead of 16”.

Those are the same statement. One sounds reasonable and one sounds medieval. But people are being allowed to appear in public and say #1 without confronting the fact that they’re also saying #2.

The reason, as we explained in “OSD 110: What smart people are supposed to think”, is that this is a game of mood affiliation (the term is a Tyler Cowen-ism). To understand barrel length laws, you have to spend dozens of hours reading about the technical nuances. Most people don’t have time for that, so most people don’t understand these issues. But we have to think something about them, so we take a shortcut. The shortcut is that we just believe whatever seems like the polite thing to believe.

This seems insurmountable: how can you get through to people who don’t have time to learn the details? Well, mood affiliation is a two-way street. Because all information about guns used to filter through a handful of TV channels and newspapers, gun control has long enjoyed a complacent monopoly on “this is the polite thing to think”.

But that is slipping away in real time. Contrary to popular belief, gun rights have been getting nearly-monotonically more popular for 25+ years. The installed base of AR-15s is ~50x what it was at the time of the ‘94 ban, and its growth is only accelerating (numbers in the same link from the previous sentence). And most importantly, despite the best efforts of centralized content crackdowns, empirically it has never been easier to learn about guns than it is today. Still not even close to as easy as we’d like, but it has undeniably never been easier.

Over the next few weeks, there’s going to be a lot of discussion about pistol braces. Don’t run away from it — embrace, expand, and amplify it. Every mention of a pistol brace ban should be embraced and expanded into what it is — a proud endorsement of a decade in prison for a 15.9” barrel — and then loudly amplified. If somebody wants to tie their name to the philosophy of mass incarceration, they’re free to do so. In 2021, we’ll see who still thinks that’s the polite thing to believe.

The reported rate of problems with this drug are in quite smaller number than many other drugs that have been in use for decades, and are accepted as ‘safe and effective’ by the goobermint health agencies. Yet, they’re stopping use ‘…out of an abundance of caution‘?
Sorry, something stinks and we’re not in Denmark.
So;
Could their actually be many ‘adverse events’ to the J&J injection?
Could it be that the bureaucraps are scared to death that if that info gets out that more questions will be raised about the other ‘vaccines’?

It’s a shame the investigative media that have the time and resources to do that real investigation into this seem to be taking a cue from Kamala Harris’ noted past, and performing something different to this administration


COVID Vaccination Program in Disarray as CDC and FDA Order a Halt to Using the Johnson & Johnson Vaccine

Earlier [yesterday] the Food and Drug Administration, along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, announced that they were temporarily halting the use of the one-and-done Johnson & Johnson vaccine for the dreaded Wuhan virus.

The official announcement claims this suspension from use was the result of 6 blood clots out of nearly 7 million doses, but this explanation comes after several states had suspended the use of that vaccine over unspecified adverse events.

 

THE PERPETUAL PANDEMIC

The coronavirus pandemic was a black-swan event the likes of which this planet hadn’t seen in almost a hundred years. It caused the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people and crashed the global economy, resulting in the largest socioeconomic change since 2008. It was, in short, not good. Yet there are pockets of public health experts and corporate media pundits who seem content to play out an endless cycle of pandemic porn. This runs contrary to what the majority of the population wants to watch and how most Americans are choosing to live their lives.

As COVID cases and deaths in Michigan soar, under a #girlboss governor who received endless praise in New York Times puff-pieces, the free state of Texas is almost completely open, with full baseball stadiums, no mask mandates — and a steadily declining COVID death rate. Dr Anthony Fauci must be scratching his head at how this could possibly be. Of course, Fauci is the same expert who praised Andrew Cuomo’s handling of managing the pandemic as well. He’s one of several public health officials who see their time at the podium possibly coming to an end. His tenure skipping from media outlet to media outlet, offering mixed messages on vaccines and a return to normalcy, is soon to expire.

When Business Insider asked Fauci if he saw himself attending indoor dining anytime soon, the good doctor said no, even though he is fully vaccinated. Movie theaters? That was also a no. Airplane travel? Nope. We don’t know if Fauci was speaking as a leading health expert and the top epidemiologist in the country, or simply an obsessive compulsive and raging hypochondriac. That’s the problem: Anthony Fauci has wrapped himself in a cocoon of personal skepticism on everything from sporting games to weddings, apparently unaware that these events have resumed over most of the country.

But Fauci is not alone in issuing mixed messaging about getting the country back on track. Several mainstream media outlets aren’t quite ready to move on either. MSNBC’s Joy Reid (or was it a hacker?) tweeted that ‘I too am one vax down, but even when I get the second shot, I am too “scurred” to be out there wildin. No flying and no indoor activities for me. Nope!’ The Washington Post ran a perspective piece declaring ‘I’m vaccinated, but I’m really not ready to leave my pandemic cocoon.’ Poor you!

Earlier this week when the FDA suspended all doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine over six cases of possible blood clotting in seven million doses (literally less one in a million), Fauci said they were simply following the science and could not confirm whether the J&J vaccine would even be made available again. This is sure to reverberate throughout the country; a considerably-sized portion of the population is already vaccine-hesitant.

Most of us are already exasperated by mixed messaging from every government agency in charge of public perception. The FAA and CDC both said vaccinated people should still not fly on airplanes, before pulling back and then declaring it safe to do so. President Biden, who has been fully vaccinated for four months, still wanders around in a mask, as does the Vice President who shadows him at every turn. The media and the Biden administration want to tell everyone that the vaccines work, but are unwilling to demonstrate the perks of getting vaccinated. These people are not interested in returning to normal by the end of the year. That’s saying nothing of the antics by national teachers’ unions attempting to extort the public before allowing their members to return to classrooms.

Perhaps the personal anxiety being displayed in the pages of the New York Times and Washington Post is simply lifestyle bias: journalists in DC and New York perceive the entire country to be boxed in as they are; they struggle to accept that Florida and Texas have been open for months. Perhaps the Biden administration sees an opening for a broad and restructuring opportunity to push through an ambitious agenda for the country on the back of the pandemic and doesn’t want to let a good crisis go to waste. Perhaps Anthony Fauci sees the curtain falling on his moment in the spotlight.

One thing seems obvious as more and more people become immunized against both the virus and hesitant elites — life is going to resume whether the ruling class wants it to or not. As the institutional figureheads find excuse after excuse to prolong the pandemic, their several messaging missteps mean their words aren’t having the intended effect. Soon enough, the politicians, pundits and ‘experts’ will see that the American public is content to leave them behind and tune them out.

ATF New York Mocks Gun Owners With Tweet Depicting Stuffed Dog

If the ATF shows up at your house and you’re a dog owner, well…you were a dog owner.

We all know that the ATF is notorious for shooting dogs, even dogs that represent no real threat to the officers in question. Hell, there’s absolutely no way the ATF isn’t aware of that reputation, either. They spend too much time sniffing around the gun culture to be unaware of their reputation.

Which is why this tweet pissed me off so badly.

That’s right. You can buy a stuffed dog from the ATF.

I’m sure that’s consolation to the numerous Americans who have had their dogs shot by federal agents over the years. They can just get a stuffed dog to replace Fido.

Of course, I have questions.

For example, does the dog have a bull’s eye on it?

See, I don’t fault the ATF for having a store. I don’t see why anyone would buy anything from there except to cosplay as an ATF agent, but whatever.

What I have a problem with is them outright mocking the people whose pets they killed with this. It would be bad enough if the toy had been in the store all on its own, but no, they used it in their marketing materials. How else can anyone see this other than as mockery?

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2A GROUPS UNITE AGAINST CHIPMAN FOR ATF BOSS

President Biden sent his nomination to the Senate on Monday for retired ATF agent and Giffords policy advisor David Chipman to head the agency. Pro-gun groups call it a mistake of epic proportions.

The nomination for Chipman comes days after Biden described the vocal gun control proponent as “the right person, at this moment, for this important agency.”

After a career with the federal government’s gun regulator that spanned from 1988 to 2012, which included serving as “case agent” in Branch Davidian trial while working in the Waco, Texas, field office, Chipman pursued a new career with first the Everytown group– back when it was just called Mayors Against Illegal Guns– and then Giffords, where he is currently listed as a “senior policy advisor” with expertise in so-called “Ghost Guns” and “Assault Weapons.”

Opposing Chipman’s nomination so far is a field of firearms industry groups and pro-gun organizations, who argue Biden’s pick is a horrible fit.

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Are You Ready For Biden’s Ban On Gas-Powered Cars?

In the next couple of months, the Environmental Protection Agency will issue new fuel economy standards that could be impossible for carmakers to meet – without going electric. That, at least, is what President Joe Biden’s EPA Administrator Michael Regan is indicating.

In an interview with Bloomberg last week, Regan talked about imposing rules that meet
“the urgency of the climate crisis,” and “did not rule out future emissions requirements that create a de facto ban on new conventional, gasoline-powered automobiles, like an explicit phase-out ordered by California Gov. Gavin Newsom.”

Regan could, for example, require automakers to sell cars that get an average of 70 mpg – something that only electric cars could meet. The most fuel-efficient hybrid on the market tops out at 59 mpg. The most efficient gas-powered car – the tiny Mitsubishi Mirage – gets 39 mpg.

The prospect of a Biden ban on gas-powered vehicles shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone. As we noted last year, Biden promised voters he would do just this – impose regulations on automakers that they could only meet by selling electric cars.

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JOE BIDEN, GUN GRABBER?

Many conservatives are pushing back hard against a series of executive orders on firearms that the Biden administration announced on Wednesday. I don’t doubt that Biden would ban or severely limit private gun ownership if he could, but what is striking about these specific orders is how trivial they are.

Biden frames his actions in terms of gun violence being a “public health epidemic.” He refers to the recent Boulder and Atlanta shootings, and says that “cities across the country are in the midst of a historic spike in homicides….” Ironically, that is true. But why? Not because of any lack of firearms laws and regulations, which are legion. Rather, because of the incessant and demagogic attacks on law enforcement that the Democrats themselves have perpetrated. And of course, none of the measures that Biden proposes to take would have any effect on urban violence.

So what are the actions being taken via executive order?

1) The Department of Justice will issue a proposed rule–content unspecified–to limit the sale of “ghost guns,” i.e. firearms that are bought as a kit and assembled by the user. This is supposedly a problem because such guns lack a serial number, which makes them harder to trace.

2) DOJ will issue another rule “clarifying when a device marketed as a stabilizing brace effectively turns a pistol into a short-barreled rifle subject to the requirements of the National Firearms Act.” Keeping a firm grip on your pistol will also, as the White House release puts it, “make a firearm more stable and accurate.” But a rifle is a rifle and a pistol is a pistol.

3) DOJ will publish a model “red flag” law for states. Such laws establish court procedures whereby individuals who are deemed dangerous can be deprived of firearms even though they have not actually done anything wrong. I believe several states have passed such legislation. In any event, DOJ publishing a model law will not have any practical effect.

4) The federal government will “[invest] in evidence-based community violence interventions.” In other words, slide billions of dollars to Democratic Party constituencies. This will have little or effect on violence, via firearms or otherwise.

5) DOJ will issue an annual report on firearms trafficking. “Trafficking” is undefined, but I assume it refers generally to illegal gun sales, e.g. to felons.

6) Biden will nominate David Chipman to head the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. This has incensed some gun rights advocates, as Chipman apparently has a history of supporting extreme and unconstitutional gun control measures. But who else would anyone expect Biden to appoint to run ATF?

As I said, the striking thing about these proposed measures is how trivial they are. No one seriously expects that they will do anything to reduce violence. If the Democrats were serious about reducing the homicide rate, they would support law enforcement instead of undermining it, and they would run district attorneys who would imprison criminals rather than letting them go. But they would rather engage in symbolic posturing on guns than take effective action to protect Americans who are suffering at the hands of violent criminals.

Vaccine Passports: When Fear Threatens Freedom.

“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction,” former President Ronald Reagan said in his famous freedom speech. “It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for [our children] to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States, where men were free.”

Reagan was talking about the struggle against communism at the time, but his struggles and ours are longer and broader than that…………

Civil libertarians on the Left and Right must unite with those who have been fighting government lockdown power and defeat any long-term power grab such as vaccine passports. Let us not be the generation who did nothing and watched our freedom slip away.

Biden’s Nominee To Lead ATF Pushed Dubious Claim About Waco Siege To Call For Blanket Ban On Assault Rifles

The gun control activist who President Joe Biden is expected to nominate to lead the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) claimed last year that members of the Branch Davidian sect shot down two helicopters during a standoff with federal agents in Waco in 1993.

David Chipman, the expected nominee, posted the comments as part of a Reddit “Ask Me Anything” event. He also called for tighter gun control measures, including restricting gun sales only to licensed gun stores and a ban on the manufacture and sale of so-called assault rifles.

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Biden declares war on gun owners, Second Amendment – The Gun Writer

By nominating David Chipman to run the ATF — a gun control activist who’s worked for two national gun control groups — Biden has shown nothing but contempt for our constitutional rights.

Choosing gun control activist David Chipman to run the ATF makes about as much sense as picking Howard Stern to oversee the FCC.

Chipman currently serves as the senior policy advisor for the Giffords gun control group — a position he’s held for five years. Before joining Gabby et al, he was a policy advisor for Everytown for Gun Safety.

Quite frankly, I don’t know which group is worse. Both want total civilian disarmament, and both will use any means necessary to get there.

According to a White House press release sent Wednesday night, the Administration wants even more than an anti-gun toady regulating guns.

They’re going after pistol braces, which they want regulated by the National Firearms Act, and home-builds too are at risk. The DOJ will be issuing proposals to regulate both in the coming months.

I honestly don’t know where this massive anti-gun push is coming from. Based on what I’ve seen of him lately, President Biden can’t complete a sentence without a teleprompter. Someone else is definitely calling the shots.

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First Vaccine Passports, Now Comes ‘Well Health Safety Seals’ Promoted by Celebrities

We’ve been reporting about how the Biden White House is developing “vaccine passports” for people to use to get into events/businesses/travel.

Remember when people posited those might be coming and people pooh poohed it as a conspiracy theory?

The vaccine passports are already underway in New York State to get into events. With theirs, you have an app with a QR code on your phone that is then scanned showing that you have been vaccinated before you can get in.

Folks on both sides of the political aisle are raising a lot of concerns about the vaccine passport idea. Democrat and Clinton supporter Naomi Wolf is concerned about the government having your health information and in essence then being able to dictate where you can and can’t go to the question. She’s also concerned that then there is a platform and precedent to load anything onto that platform that could potentially lead to something like a social credit system and the control like the CCP has. Then there’s the World Health Organization, who you would think would be for it but have actually come out against it largely because of the “inequity” of people who may not be able to have access to vaccines being locked out. Not to mention a whole raft of privacy and constitutional questions.

But now there’s more and all the “right” (really meaning “liberal”) celebrities are pitching it. The “Well Health Safety Seal.”

This is a major effort to get businesses to sign aboard to get this “seal.” Let’s hear from those celebrities that someone thinks are trustworthy on health matters including J Lo a Robert De Niro. Plus, there’s also a former U.S. Surgeon General, Richard Carmona, who’s on board with this too.

It’s basically saying that this business has complied with a variety of different practices so that you can “feel better” going into a store/business.

The impact of COVID-19 in relation to the places where we live, work, learn and play is unprecedented: offices, restaurants, stores, venues, schools, industrial facilities, residential common areas, places of worship and space types of all kinds have been closed across the world, in some cases for months. As these spaces and places begin to re-open, people across the world are wondering whether it is safe to return. Organizations seeking to navigate the impacts of COVID-19 are faced with important decisions about when and how to restore their operations, how to support the safety of occupants and employees, and how to prepare for the inevitable changes to their facilities over the coming months. The WELL Health-Safety Rating is designed to help guide organizations to evidence-based best practices for operating through this crisis, as well as for long-term preparedness on other critical health and safety issues.

BLUF:
It’s not clear whether the FBI’s repeated failures to stop domestic terrorism when forewarned are the result of ideology, incompetence, design, or some combination of the three. It doesn’t matter.

What does matter is that the FBI will spend hundreds of millions of dollars and years to nab 53 rich people trying to get their underqualified kids into top-rated colleges, and the same going after Democrats’ political enemies, while letting known Islamic and other domestic terrorist threats slip right through their fingers. In fact, right now they may be taking agents off these kinds of threats to focus on right-wing “extremists,” like boomers who are National Rifle Association members.

It’s past time to shut down the FBI and start over from scratch until we can figure out what is going on. We cannot continue to have an FBI more interested in pulling off Varsity Blues and Crossfire Hurricane than stopping mass shooters.

An FBI So Corrupt It Lets Mass Shooters Rampage Needs To Go
While the FBI has been failing to stop terrorist attacks by known threats, it has conducted numerous political operations on behalf of Democrats. It’s time to clean house.

The New York Times reported on March 27 that Syrian-born Colorado mass shooter Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa had been on the FBI’s radar before he murdered 10 people in a grocery store.

“The suspect’s identity was previously known to the F.B.I. because he was linked to another individual under investigation by the bureau, according to law enforcement officials,” the Times says.

According to a police affidavit, six days before Alissa shot 10 people to death, he purchased a pistol. That would have required him to pass a federal background check also run by the FBI. It seems the FBI is not very good at this “stopping mass shooters” thing.

This is not an anomaly in the FBI’s history. It in fact appears to be a pattern of negligence. During the Barack Obama presidency, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., grilled FBI Director James Comey about the “known wolf” problem — of 14 Islamist attacks in the U.S. during Obama’s tenure, the FBI had been aware of at least 12 before the violence erupted, and did nothing.

For example, the 2009 Fort Hood shooter, who killed 13; the Boston Marathon bombers of 2013 who killed three and injured 264; and the Pulse nightclub shooter who killed 49 people and wounded 53 more. All were known to the FBI and several had been interviewed by the FBI before they went on killing sprees.

The FBI had also been warned numerous times about the Parkland, Florida school shooter, before he killed 17 and injured 17 more in 2018. It also knew beforehand about the 2018 Nashville, Tennessee Waffle House shooter, who killed four and injured two more, and the 2020 Nashville RV bomber.

While the FBI has been failing to stop terrorist attacks by known threats like these, it has conducted numerous political operations on behalf of Democrats. The ones we know about include Crossfire Hurricane‘s use of federal spy power to affect election outcomes and prevent effective governance by elected Republicans. That operation included spying on Fox News.

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I don’t and never have owned a bump stock. They’re a gizmo to avoid NFA restrictions (and thus an eye poke to the bureaucraps & politicians) Applause.


The Bump Stock Ban Highlights the Danger of Letting Bureaucraps Invent Crimes

Two years ago, peaceful, law-abiding gun owners across the country became felons overnight, thanks to the Trump administration’s ban on bump stocks. But as the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit recognized last week, Congress alone has the authority to define new federal crimes, while the president and his underlings are charged with enforcing those laws.

Combining both powers in a single branch is a license for tyranny—a danger the Framers tried to avoid by carefully separating the legislative and executive functions. Regardless of their views on gun control, Americans who care about the rule of law should be troubled by the implications of letting unelected bureaucrats unilaterally and arbitrarily criminalize previously legal conduct.

Bump stocks, first patented in 2000, allow rifles to slide backward, propelled by recoil energy, after a round is fired, which resets the trigger. The sliding stock facilitates a rapid firing technique in which the shooter maintains forward pressure on the rifle, causing his stationary finger to bump repeatedly against the trigger.

These accessories were mainly of interest to hobbyists, regulators, and industry insiders until October 1, 2017, when a gunman murdered 60 people in Las Vegas. Because the killer’s rifles reportedly were equipped with bump stocks, Donald Trump responded to the massacre with a promise to ban them by administrative fiat.

Tasked with inventing a legal rationale for a ban the president already was determined to impose, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF) reinterpreted the statutory definition of machine guns to cover bump stocks. But as the ATF itself had repeatedly recognized over the years, that reading of the law was inconsistent with its plain meaning.

Under the National Firearms Act, “the term ‘machinegun’ means any weapon” that fires “automatically more than one shot…by a single function of the trigger.” The definition also includes parts “designed and intended” to convert a weapon into a machine gun.

A rifle equipped with a bump stock, however, fires just one round for each “function of the trigger,” which must be reset before the weapon can fire again. The ATF tried to get around that problem by defining “a single function of the trigger” as “a single pull of the trigger,” defining pull to exclude what happens during bump firing, and treating the shooter as part of the rifle mechanism, ignoring his active participation in the process so that the gun could be said to fire “automatically.”

The ATF maintained that the 6th Circuit was bound to accept this highly implausible interpretation under “Chevron deference.” According to that controversial doctrine, courts must accept an agency’s “permissible” interpretation of an “ambiguous” statute.

Critics of that doctrine argue that it undermines the separation of powers, inviting administrative agencies to interpret laws, which courts are supposed to do, and even rewrite them, which is Congress’ job. That danger is especially acute, the 6th Circuit noted, when an agency threatens to fine and imprison people based on its own idiosyncratic understanding of the law.

As a result of the ATF’s ban, continued possession of bump stocks—products the agency had previously deemed legal—is punishable by a maximum fine of $250,000 and up to 10 years in prison. In this context, the appeals court said, deferring to the ATF’s new interpretation of the law would violate the “rule of lenity,” which says ambiguous criminal statutes should be read to favor defendants.

In light of those concerns, the 6th Circuit said, “an agency’s interpretation of a criminal statute is not entitled to Chevron deference.” And without the benefit of that doctrine, it concluded, the ATF’s redefinition of machine guns cannot be accepted, since it is clearly not the “best interpretation” of the law.

The issue here is not whether banning bump stocks is a good idea but who has the authority to do it. As the appeals court noted, “that judgment is reserved to the people through their duly elected representatives in Congress.”

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This Is The Director Of The CDC!

“I’m going to reflect on the recurring feeling I have of impending doom. We have so much to look forward to, so much promise and potential of where we are, and so much reason for hope, but right now, I’m scared…We have come such a long way…just please hold on a little while longer. I so badly want to be done. I know you all so badly want to be done. We are just almost there, just not quite yet.”

When you elect demoncraps to office this is the leftist agenda, based entirely on feelings, l you get.

The Oracle of Delphi, she ain’t

As the article points out, the man sitting behind the desk in the Oval Office has a lot of power to restrict importation of just about anything, but if he believes he can sign an EO to control things people do in the U.S., he’s going to be disappointed.


BIDEN SAYS LOOKING AT EXEC ORDERS ON IMPORTS, DIY GUNS

President Joe Biden confirmed that he is exploring his options for executive orders on firearms imports from overseas and homemade guns.

When asked by the media on Friday about such rumored actions while arriving at a Delaware Air National Guard Base in Wilmington, the 78-year-old Democrat was quick to respond.

“We’re looking at what kind of authority I have relative to imported weapons, as well as whether or not I have any authority to — these new weapons that are being made by 3D equipment that aren’t registered as guns at all, there may be some latitude there as well,” said Biden.

In administrations past, imports of most firearms from China were ended by the actions of Presidents Bush and Clinton, followed by actions to bar the most popular models from Russia under President Obama. According to firearms industry trade groups, approximately 3.3 million guns were imported into the United States in 2019.

Meanwhile, when it comes to homemade firearms, often described by progressive politicians and anti-gun groups by such deceptive yet catchy brain worms as “ghost guns” and “untraceable 3D-printed guns,” there is a multi-avenue push to administratively outlaw or at least further regulate such practices. This includes lawsuits against the ATF in federal court by gun control organizations, letters from pro-ban Democrats to Biden, and a call from attorneys general from 17 mostly blue states and the District of Columbia for newly installed U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland to regulate so-called “80-percent” frames and receivers.

Going back to the colonial period, it has always been a right of law-abiding Americans to build their own guns, without a license.

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Are we supposed to see it through the mirror of Hanlon’s Razor where we should ‘never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity’?
Okay, so if the bureaucrap Fibbies are *that* stupid, what good are they anyway? Disestablish the organization and send them all home.

However, when we see such ‘stupidity’ repeated time and again, Hanlon’s Razor just doesn’t cut it anymore.
It’s like it’s a plan.


FBI whiffs again on Colorado mass shooting suspect.

So now it turns out that the FBI knew all about the accused Boulder shooter, but paid no attention to the obvious warning signs until police say the rabidly anti-American immigrant from Syria murdered 10 U.S. citizens in the supermarket.

“The suspect’s identity,” the New York Times reported, “was known to the FBI because he was linked to another individual under investigation by the bureau, according to law enforcement officials.”

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before.

The Famous But Incompetent FBI likewise knew all about accused shooter Ahmad al-Aliwi Alissa’s fellow Muslim immigrants who committed mass murder, like the Tsarnaev brothers — but did nothing until those welfare-collecting “asylees” blew up the Boston Marathon.

The FBI also had early warnings about the Muslim terrorists who shot up the gay nightclub in Orlando, the Christmas party in San Bernardino, Fort Hood, the cartoon-drawing contest in Texas … and yet the G-men sat on their soft hands until scores of Americans were murdered in cold blood.

But it’s not only foreign Muslim terrorists the FBI can’t be bothered lugging. It’s domestic killers as well.

For instance, in 2018 the FBI’s national tip line got a 13-minute-long earful from the aunt of the Parkland High shooter Nikolas Cruz — but did nothing until 17 people were gunned down.

Remember serial killer Gary Sampson? Before he murdered three innocent men in 2001, he called the FBI office in Boston from a pay phone in Abington and offered to turn himself in on some unsolved bank robberies.

But it was a Friday afternoon, so the FBI “disconnected” his call and didn’t bother to pick him up. The next day, Sampson started his two-state carjacking murder spree.

This is Your FBI, as the old radio show used to begin.