Submitted by: Veronica Coffin
By Matt Palumbo
When Americans finally lose their Second Amendment rights, it won’t be when the government outlaws all guns and begins confiscating them off citizens unwilling to give them up. Barack Obama commonly tells us “nobody is coming for your guns,” and he’s right in the most literal sense, but that doesn’t mean such an abolition of firearms ownership isn’t the end goal.
When gun control comes to America, it’ll be in the form of death by a thousand cuts. “Common sense” by “common sense” gun control regulation will be added, until they cumulatively make it impossible for anyone to purchase a gun in a reasonable amount of time. Case in point: after every mass public shooting, Obama and Congressional Democrats propose a wide array of “common sense” gun control measures – and not a single one of them would actually have prevented any recent mass public shootings.
Most gun regulations are targeting gun owners, but as Breitbart reports, the gun-control lobby is now going straight to the source: regulating gunsmiths, reclassifying them as gun “manufacturers.”
The State Department’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) has issued a letter setting forth more executive gun controls–guidelines for gunsmiths to register with the DDTC and pay fees requisite to that registration.
The DDTC’s letter sets forth certain activities that correspond with “manufacturing” and require registration/fees if being done by a gunsmith. The letter also lists a number of activities that a gunsmith can do that do not require registration. The combination of the two–register for this; don’t register for that–is cryptic at best and resulted in the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) issuing a statement, which Breitbart News possesses, in which NSSF observed the DDTC’s guidelines have “created considerable and understandable confusion and concern among gunsmiths and gun owners.”
DDTC says a gunsmith does not need to register/pay fees for activities such as “occasional assembly of firearm parts and kits that do not require cutting, drilling, or machining,” “firearm repairs involving one-for-one drop-in replacement parts that do not require any cutting, drilling, or machining for installation,” “repairs involving replacement parts that do not improve the accuracy, caliber, or other aspects of firearm operation,” and more.
Registration fees are required for “use of any special tooling or equipment upgrading in order to improve the capability of assembled or repaired firearms,” “modifications to a firearm that change round capacity,” “production of firearm parts (including, but not limited to, barrels, stocks, cylinders, breech mechanisms, triggers, silencers, or suppressors),” and more.
Both lists, for where registration is or is not required, are elaborate, leading the NSSF to observe that “many of the activities DDTC claims require registration constitutes gun smithing and is not manufacturing under any reasonable dictionary definition of the term. DDTC’s position is similar to claiming an auto mechanic who fixes your car is a car manufacturer.”
Gunsmiths who are required to register will pay a fee of approximately $2,250.
So what will this fee actually do? Either drive people out of business – or drive their business underground. I can’t imagine the latter option is their intent, yet it’ll be just another unintended consequence of a gun control policy that does nothing to actually control guns violence