Yes, but unless the constitution has changed, there is the little matter of the House. I have been calling the office of my Representatives and the Republican leadership and have been told flat out "There is no Assault Weapons Ban. Period." No bill has been introduced. No debate is scheduled, nothing is on the calender, and its is not part the Republican leaderships agenda". (I was actually told by Representative Capito's office "They aren't going to touch the AWB with a ten foot poll.") There has not even been a bill introduced into the committee process (Pelosi introduced one right after the Sandy Hook Shooting, but it died in committee with the Republican Chairman taking no action or even scheduling debate, at the end of the last congress.)
Now I'm certainly not saying concern isn't warranted, and we shouldn't be calling our reps and keeping the pressure up (like I said I've been burning up the phone lines myself). But saying some nonexistent Assault Weapons Ban is not only imminent, but is virtually assured of passage is nothing but hyperbole, unless somebody can provide some evidence to the contrary, I don't see the Republican leadership ever even letting such a bill get out of the committee process.
“But saying some nonexistent Assault Weapons Ban is not only imminent, but is virtually assured of passage is nothing but hyperbole, unless somebody can provide some evidence to the contrary, I don’t see the Republican leadership ever even letting such a bill get out of the committee process.”
In calmer moments I tend to agree. But things are dicey in Illinois, and the House has already gone wobbly re the fiscal cliff. Right now it looks like the Pubbies may at least go “OK, no more hicap mags”. JMHO.
Obama could issue an Executive Order directing ATF and FBI to construct the national gun-owner registry that Congress has repeatedly told him he cannot have.
Using Form 4473, pawn shop and other records, something like a rough list of everyone in the country who owns guns could be assembled very quickly, which RatRoots could then use to harass and menace gun owners directly.
In short, Barky plays nasty, and with the tools at his disposal, he could do a lot.
It would be more timely from his POV, to wait until he's used the "fiscal cliff" or some other phony "fiscal crisis" to blow down the military and purge out patriots, leaving the scum-sucking "New America" military that would follow his orders and happily kill Americans in any play to war down the Constitution of the United States.