• Obama’s Justice Department Will Bypass Congress With New Gun Control Regs

    Obama’s Department of Justice is working on more than a dozen new gun control regulations it plans to implement apart from Congress before the end of the Obama administration.

    The Justice Department plans to issue new rules expanding criteria for people who do not qualify for gun ownership, according to the recently released Unified Agenda, which is a list of rules that federal agencies are developing.

    The regulations establish new criteria as to who cannot own firearms, focusing on the mentally ill and those convicted of domestic abuse. It also places new regulations on “high-powered pistols” and gun storage.

    The Justice Department’s Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) is looking to revive a rule proposed way back in 1998 that would block domestic abusers from owning guns.

    As proposed, the regulation makes it illegal for some who has been convicted of a misdemeanor domestic violence offense to own a gun.

    The ATF plans to finalize the rule by November, according to the Unified Agenda, others simply by the end of the Obama administration.

    Gun rights advocates contend that such a sweeping ban would unfairly root out a number of prospective gun owners who are not a danger to society.

    Gun safety advocates have been calling for such reforms since the Sandy Hook school shooting nearly three years ago in Newtown, Conn. They say keeping guns away from dangerous people is of primary importance.

    President Obama issued 23 executive actions shortly after the shooting aimed at keeping guns away from dangerous people, and some of those items remain incomplete.

    President Obama’s efforts to enact new restrictions on the Second Amendment rights of Americans through the normal legislative process may have failed, but the legislative defeats won’t stop the president from ramming new gun control rules via the Justice Department.

    Alicia Powe

    Staff Writer

    Alicia Powe is a staff writer for Daily Surge. She worked in the War Room of the Rudy Giuliani Presidential Committee and served as a White House Intern during the George W. Bush administration. Alicia has written for numerous outlets, including Human Events, Media Research Center and Townhall.com.

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