A new rule has been proposed by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in order to fix a so-called “gun show loophole.” The rule will crack down on gun owners who sell their guns at gun shows by increasing what is already required to obtain a federal firearms license for gun sellers across the country.
According to ATF Director Steven Dettelbach, “an increasing number of individuals engaged in the business of selling firearms for profit have chosen not to register as a federal firearms licensee, as required by law. Instead, they’ve sought to make money through the off-book, illicit sale of firearms.”
Glenn Beck knows what they’re doing, and he doesn’t like it.
“They are clearly going after and saying ‘These people are trying to make money,’” Glenn says.
"They’re really working hard to keep us safe.”
The ATF has also issued rules that would apply to more security checks on gun owners and sellers who use unregulated stabilizing braces to effectively transform pistols into more deadly rifles.
Glenn believes that in order to enforce a rule of this kind, the ATF would have to implement a federal gun registry — which Congress has opposed since the founding of our nation.
“To be able to enforce this, they have to have a gun registry. And the ATF has started a federal gun registry,” he says. “Congress has been against that since 1791.”
Despite the history, Glenn doesn’t have much faith in Congress any more.
“Congress has stopped doing their job, and I’ll tell you why they did it: because they just want to be re-elected. That’s it. They don’t want to do anything unpopular, they just want to be the ones that you call up and say ‘Hey, good job,’ or ‘You gotta stop these guys,’ so they can be the police,” he explains.
However, even if Congress was doing its job, Glenn believes these new rules are purely “inflammatory.”
“They know what this causes. This causes all kinds of agitation, this causes all kinds of distrust, and they’re never going to come for guns,” he says, before asking co-host Stu Burguiere if he thinks they’ll actually go door to door to take Americans’ guns.
“God, I hope not,” Stu responds.
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