Skip to comments.Blocked funding for ATF's planned shotgun import ban already paying dividends
Posted on 01/26/2012 12:57:33 PM PST by marktwain
Last November, the "Fiscal Year 2012 Agriculture, Commerce/Justice/Science and Transportation/Housing/Urban Development Appropriations bills" omnnibus was signed into law. One provision of that law blocks funding for a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) plan to ban the importation of certain shotguns, based on their not being sufficiently suited to "sporting purposes." From AmmoLand.com:
SEC. 541. None of the funds made available by this Act may be used to pay the salaries or expenses of personnel to deny, or fail to act on, an application for the importation of any model of shotgun if
(1) all other requirements of law with respect to the proposed importation are met; and (2) no application for the importation of such model of shotgun, in the same configuration, had been denied by the Attorney General prior to January 1, 2011, on the basis that the shotgun was not particularly suitable for or readily adaptable to sporting purposes.
We have talked about this insidious BATFE plot before. Particularly offensive was the BATFE's proposal to not only exploit the heinous "sporting purposes" requirement to justify gun bans, but to simply ignore sports of their choosing:
Further, both studies concluded that the scope of sporting purposes did not include all lawful activity, but was limited to traditional sports such as hunting, skeet shooting, and trap shooting.
The obvious motive here was to get around the fact that sports like 3-Gun are built around just the kinds of politically incorrect guns that the BATFE had hoped to ban. National Gun Rights Examiner David Codrea puts it this way:
So now the fedgov presumes the power to be the final arbiter of authorized sports?
For now, though, the BATFE has been thwarted. This year's SHOT (Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade) show, just wrapped
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I’ll have to check and see if Saiga-12 prices are dropping yet. I suspect not, what with it being an election year and all.
Won’t drop for a while, either. There’s importation issues with them - that have nothing to do with BATFE’s proposed ban.
Unfortunately, it’s going to be more difficult to attack Sporting Purpose than other things. Which is one reason the Heller Foundation and USBOR will be going after the 1934 NFA which, after McDonald is wholly unConstitutional. The law was created to be a prohibitive tax since bans were considered unConstitutional at the time (yes, they understood the Constitution back then and abided by it unlike our elected scum today) so they did the only end around they could by creating the prohibitive tax.
Since McDonald, the same rule that applies to a Poll Tax now applies to the 2nd Amendment. “You may not apply a fee or a tax to the exercise of a Civil Right”.
So, we intend on having the 1934 NFA struck down which will also take the 1986 Hughes Amendment down with it. Should SCOTUS find in favor of the NFA, then we reinstate poll taxes based upon the decision. We also have other points to bring up on the matter as well as other directions to attack the NFA from.
Now, if our elected leaders want to repeal the Hughes Amendment, we won’t spend the time and resources going after the NFA. I know that quite a few read this site so there is my offer. Repeal Hughes also known as 922 (o) and we’ll leave the NFA alone. Otherwise, we’re taking it all.
Once that is done, we go after 922(r), then Sporting Purpose, then we go after other sections of the 1968 GCA.
All the Government has to do to persuade us from doing this is repeal 922 (o). That’s it.
According to prices being offered on gunbroker.com, saiga 12 prices have dropped from 3rd Qtr last year. They were up to almost $800 for stock-in-the-box. The prices for accessories to make it 922r compliant have been steady or slightly up. The choices of accessories continue to grow.
You should check out the MKA-1919. Tromix will start their conversion program in June. You can get a lot of info on Saigas and MKAs from this website: