Obama has "transformed ATF" according to one insider. Republican control of the House is a great hedge, but with Boxer re-elected, the agenda to reinstitute the "Clinton Bans" is stronger than ever. Right now, the steel in firearms and ammo is one of the best hedges against a dollar that will likely plunge in value between now and 2012.
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Accessories with high priority on the new Democratic Ban list: Collapsible and folding stocks, compensators, brakes, hi-cap magazines, flash suppressors, handle grips, pistol grips; ammo above .30; "kinetic" ammo such as .22 mag, 17 HMR and 5-7; shotgun tubes above 5 rounds; ghost ring sights; "high power" optics (above 2x in some cases!); bayonet lugs, accessory rails, double stack mags; trigger or DAO safeties; "LE" items; gun packaging including more than one mag; detachable magazines for calibers over .30; "assault" rifle accessories including any semi above .22 or 5-7 (and in some cases 17); many categories of personal protection ammo including hydra shok, hollow point, scored or cut, and numerous others; all speed loaders, including revolver loaders and moon clips; concealed carry rigs including shoulder, pocket and low profile belt holsters; many others.
The most shocking list is to simply compare the current California dealer regs with the national ATF regs: The complete CA list is a larger BOOK than the entire national ATF regs for the rest of the whole nation! Realizing that these bans in no way stop crime or make streets safer, California has now turned it's "bans" into revenue producers: allowing anything in that a manufacturer is willing to pay $50,000 a year to "get on the list." That payment is for EACH variation of a model, including finish! For example, a matte black Firestorm is legal in LA, a nickle or duo tone finish isn't. What has this to do with safety? NOTHING. The Pelosi crowd that now controls Congress will be quick to look at similar NATIONAL registration regs as fund raisers and hidden taxes on the industry just like tobacco taxes.
Do these taxes actually help the national debt? Heck NO! The bureaucracy needed to police and monitor compliance and collection costs more than the revenue generated. Just look at California's broken State budget for the most relevant example!
Breaking News on STORE, Home and Internet Gun Selling, with and without your FFL, due to OBAMA and the new liberal Dem Congress!
BREAKING NEWS FOR COLLECTORS: WITH RECENT BAN PROPOSALS TO LIMIT OR REGISTER YOUR COLLECTION, BOTH THE HOME FFL AND GUN COLLECTOR/GUNSMITH LICENSE ARE GREAT WAYS TO GRANDFATHER AND PROTECT YOUR COLLECTION! VISIT GUNCOLLECTORLICENSE.COM FOR ALL THE DETAILS TODAY!
We all know the Democrats are flying high and Mr. Obama only was waiting to secure the 2010 elections before acting decisively and quickly-- so far with over 49 executive orders and over 117 new ATF poicies, and Mr. Holder's obvious "border state" clamp downs in the name of Mexican gangs, none of which buy their guys at US gun stores!. In fact, ATF and States already are responding to the new policies on new gun ban initiatives. Just so far, VPC has gone after ammo in 12 states, California has enacted two new “no ship across State lines” laws, and ATF has instituted three brand new draconian web/home/kiosk hours FFL policies, with the only exception being gunsmiths.
New Internal ATF Policy on Hours and Facilities
Many of our employees are retired or part time ATF. There is a new internal policy (not to be published publicly) that hearkens back to the Clinton anti-web, anti-home rules. These rules tried to shut down stores with weekend hours, home dealers and collectors via State tax licenses and hours of operation. Most home FFLs and private sellers have already figured the tax angle out. However, any seller (including stores!) with “variable hours of operation” (meaning no hours for the public, hours by appointment, or weekend only hours) MUST include gunsmithing. If a seller does not have a gunsmith credential, they will be denied, shut down during their next audit, or refused renewal if they are not open during full regular retail hours.
You have made a wise choice in your timing, as other schools charge over $900 for this credential, and we still have hundreds of successful new applicants faxing in their new licenses each month. Unfortunately we also hear many stories of denials from applicants who did not order the info you will have, so please study it carefully before applying. We're also not sure how long the "home warehouse" loophole will last, but it will at least be grandfathered for those who apply this year. IF YOU OWN A GUN STORE and you do not have FULL RETAIL HOURS, you also NEED this credential to stay in business! --More Bans and BecomeaGunsmith.com Proudly Support the IABOK BoK Initiatives--