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Can Trump Protect Gun Owners with His Phone and His Pen?

November 14, 2016

There will be a new president in the White House.  President Trump said he will defend our rights to keep and bear arms.  He can help honest gun owners from the Oval Office without the help of the legislature.  He can help gun owners as soon as he takes office.  

Barack made dozens of anti-gun executive orders.  Those orders change legal interpretation of law and executive agency policy.  Executive orders can be rescinded by the next president.  The effects reach from the Department of Justice, the State Department, the Center for Disease Control and the US Post Office.

On the first day in office, President Trump can stop the abuse of our military veterans.  Their right to self-defense is taken away by our own Veteran’s Administration.  Many veterans ask for help managing their finances.  The military veteran may be traveling and out of the country.  They may need medical treatment that makes it hard to handle their day to day fiduciary responsibilities.  Asking for help is the responsible thing to do.  No matter the reason why they ask, the VA says that asking for help with your finances indicates mental degradation so sever that the veteran is an immediate danger to himself or others.  The VA reports these veterans to the FBI so they can not have guns in the home.   These veterans are treated like felons, so their family is probably disarmed as well.  President Trump can fix that on his first day in office.

President Obama did the same thing to Social Security recipients that the VA did to military veterans.  Trump can fix that, and he’s only been in office two days.

Obama’s attorney general ignored a law called the Firearms Owners Protection Act.  The act allows gun owners to safely travel from state to state without being harassed by local law enforcement.  Anti-gun states like New Jersey routinely violate that act.  Trump can change that on day three with instructions to his attorney general.

President Trump can order his military executives to allow soldiers to carry for their own defense.  He does not need enabling legislation.

President Trump can stop the anti-rights propaganda coming from the Center for Disease Control.  The President can do all this during his first week in office.

The State Department blocks return of old US military rifles and pistols to the US.  Those same firearms are legally owned in the US today.  Donald Trump can end the ban by voiding existing executive orders.  He can also allow the import of arms that have been capriciously declared to have “no sporting purpose”.  Another day, and other infringement removed.

The US State Department said that any US gunsmith who cuts metal is a firearms exporter, and so requires an export license.  They are not. Now fix it, Mister President.

President Trump can call off the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.  They had clear orders to put small gun shops out of business over the smallest of paperwork violations.

Fully fund the FBI’s National Instant Background Check System.  Fund it every hour of every day.  There is never a good time to deny a civil right.  That said, please use the president’s bully pulpit to call out those states that don’t enter their criminal and mental health records into NICS.  Do you hold back their highway funds?

Let honest gun owners legally walk into the Post Office.  Get the post office to ship guns again too.

President Trump should instruct his Attorney General to enter into “sue and settle” decrees for … interstate commerce of firearms, and recognizing concealed carry licenses across state lines.  Not bad for the first three weeks in office.

Other actions may require legislative assistance, but President Trump can’t hide on these actions.  Now, let’s see what President Trump really does.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Rich Seibert permalink
    November 15, 2016 10:23 am

    There are over 370 “mental disorders” listed in the latest version of the DSM (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.) The list includes “Tobacco Addiction Disorder” among other equally mundane and ridiculous so-called “mental illnesses.”

    If the DSM is the standard by which politicians wishes to remove our rights to own guns, then I’d guess 90% of the American people could probably be classified with a mental disorder of one kind or another.



    • November 23, 2016 3:38 pm

      Rich, you are quite correct. Let’s assume that there are some mental disorders that really do constitute grounds for denying the natural right to a gun; it’s not likely that most of those 370 classifications are among those that do. Perhaps these States are doing their citizens a just service by withholding reports that ought not be included in NICS. Before rushing off to (unConstitutionally) forcing States to perform a disservice to its citizens we ought first to have Congress re-evaluate the Prohibited-Persons definitions.
      Criminal convictions are a distinct matter. The law enforcement system needs information about convictions; so, there is no getting around the fact that the States need to report on criminal cases, convictions and expungements. However, even if all these criminal-case reports were filed there would still be bad guys getting guns. And, NICS denials (to sell guns) are almost all false-positives; i.e., a customer with the same first and last names plus birthdate as a criminal.
      At present, the black market for guns is pretty well supplied by stolen and trafficked guns. For discussion’s sake, assume that black market guns sell for a 10% premium over gun shop prices. What if the black market were so amply supplied that the premium were just 1% over gun shop prices? Would the cost and inconvenience of NICS be justified? What if stolen guns brought the black market price to a discount of 9% UNDER gun shop prices. Would the cost and inconvenience of NICS be justified?
      Before we invest more valuable resources into fixing NICS we ought to start asking whether that horse has left the barn. It could be that soon NICS will be totally unjustified; it could be that it is already totally unjustified.


  2. Rich Seibert permalink
    November 15, 2016 10:24 am

    The TRUTH about the “supremacy clause” – our Constitution does not delegate to the national government authority to restrict our arms, ammunition, regulate firearms dealers, do background checks, etc. The national government may not lawfully circumvent this restriction by means of a treaty wherein the signatory governments agree to disarm their Citizens or Subjects.


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