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Blumenthal wants more executive action on guns from Biden

Blumenthal wants more executive action on guns from Biden
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No one is going to mistake President Joe Biden for a pro-gun Democrat. We all know the man is as anti-Second Amendment as they come, no matter how he tries to spin it.

Yet he said not that long ago that he’d done all the executive action on gun control he could do.

For Sen. Dick Blumenthal, though, that changed last summer with the passage of the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act.

Because of that measure, he thinks Biden can do still more executive action on guns.

On August 1, 2023, Blumenthal tweeted: “I’m hoping all new regulations will be issued & made effective soon by the Biden Administration under the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act.”

The New York Times reported that the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act contained a provision that allows an expansion of background checks via a reclassification of what constitutes a firearms dealer. This provision would shift the definition of firearms dealer so as to include not only those who make their livelihood selling guns but “anyone who earns a profit from selling firearms” as well.

Democrats now hope the Biden Administration will act in light of this provision to create more gun regulations.

The problem with this, however, is that there’s almost no way to determine who made a profit on a gun sale.

For example, let’s say I buy a gun today at the normal retail price from a buddy. As I’m in Georgia, there’s no universal background check law, so there’s absolutely no evidence I even bought the gun, much less what I paid for it.

Now, a decade later, I decide to sell it. For whatever reason, the value has gone up considerably, so I sell it for the going rate, which is much more than I paid.

Yet how is the government going to decide I made a profit when they don’t know what I paid in the first place? Then again, am I supposed to calculate the rate of inflation to see if it’s actually a profit or not? I mean, in this day and age, I can buy something today, sell it tomorrow for a 20 percent markup, and still not necessarily outpace inflation, so is that something I’d have to account for, too?

Moreover, if I just do this once, how am I really a gun dealer?

Blumenthal and Biden don’t say, nor would they.

Then we have the fact that this isn’t actually going to impact the people who represent a problem–those who are illegally selling guns to their fellow criminals.

Some random dude unloading his collection isn’t going to arm legions of drug dealers and armed robbers, yet those are the kind of folks who are most likely going to be impacted by any executive action ordered by Biden.

And that’s the point.

See, Blumenthal doesn’t actually seem to care about the criminals. Pretty much every anti-gun move he’s made has been about restricting the lawful trade of firearms, not the illegal trade. He doesn’t care if criminals have guns because armed criminals make it easier to push for more restrictions.

So, he wants Biden to move and to make it harder for you to sell your own guns. He wants to make it so you’re afraid to sell what you have without going through an FFL so that even without universal background check laws, you still have what is essentially a universal background check.

That’s what we got with BSCA. We got the framework to try and bully us into a de facto universal background check system.

And Blumenthal wants Biden to act to make precisely that happen.

Don’t play their game.