The federal government is now tracking gun sales through added paperwork. One gun store resisted. It filed a lawsuit to resist. A judge has thrown out the case.
The rules affect pretty much any firearm that is not a handgun. That includes hunting rifles, semi-automatics, those with detachable magazines and any caliber .22 or higher.
Under the rules states bordering Mexico, like Texas, Arizona, California and New Mexico, stores must report anyone who buys two or more of those guns in a five day span to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
Friday a federal judge ruled the Obama rules can stay. Some say it’s a blow to store owners and the nation’s second amendment rights. The NRA is working on appealing that ruling saying tracking those following the rules is pointless.
“Our current laws need to be enforced, and our current laws are adequate,” Arulanandam said. “What they’re doing is burdening law abiding retailers, and this will eventually put the burden on all law abiding gun owners.”
Retailers also say they take every precaution when selling guns, including the government mandated background checks.
“We are actually more stringent than what the law requires,” Ryan Burt the CEO of Calibers Shooting Range said. “We go above and beyond, and that’s on purpose because we want to keep our clientele at a certain level.”
What is the government’s motivation? Covering up its own mess.
The NRA believes the increased regulations are in place because of the government’s failed Fast and Furious gunrunning operation.
The government argues that about 80 percent of the guns used in criminal activity by the cartels come from mom and pop gun shops in the border states like New Mexico.
So, the noose tightens.