This latest "Executive Action" is a lot more far reaching than is being portrayed on the news.
First, it will virtually eviscerate the gun show. That's an important cultural activity for people who believe in the individual right to own firearms. Most people who own guns, even those who are not politically aware, now realize that buying a gun in a gun store is tantamount to gun registration. Registration has always been the precursor to confiscation, as illustrated in the United Kingdom and Australia among other places.
In 1993, part of Bill Clinton's gun ban bill (the Brady Bill) was the institution of background checks on purchasers. It was not all encompassing and generally applied to licensed dealers. At the same time, Clinton passed the word to BATF that he wanted all the "kitchen table" dealers eliminated. These were people who had an FFL, but didn't really run a business. They primarily used it to buy wholesale, and to buy for themselves, family and friends.
BATF implemented this by rewriting the regulations for granting an FFL. Previously, you needed to be a citizen in good standing and pass a background check. But suddenly you needed a "store front", you needed "inventory" that you could photograph in racks for them, and you needed "posted business hours." So many FFL holders disappeared as they tried to renew expiring licenses but could no longer meet the "requirements." Many more who applied were simply refused, as was a good friend of mine this month because she had no "store front" and no "business license."
Here's what "Smart Gun Law Reform", a virulently anti-gun ownership organization, has to say about these machinations.
"The FFL population decreased substantially as a result of these reforms. By 1997, after the first three-year cycle of re-licensing under the new laws had been complete, the number of FFLs had dropped by 49% nationwide, to 107,554.10 As of December 1, 1999, that total had fallen to 103,845, the lowest number since 1969.11 The total number of FFLs has remained significantly below pre-reform levels. As of 2007, there were 108,842 FFLs nationwide.12"
So the Democrats made it harder to get firearms by decreasing the number of dealers.
So if you want a gun and you don't want the Federal Government to know you have it, you have to buy from a gun show dealer who doesn't use NICS, (there are a number of ways an individual could justify not doing so, at least until now), or get one from someone you knew and trusted.
If Obama's executive order goes unchallenged, all such transactions will now require a background check, which means the FBI and the BATF know you have it. Obama isn't requiring the hiring of more than 400 new FBI and ATF agents in his Diktat for nothing.
So, don't wait. There have been "Obama scares" before, and they were genuine and legitimate threats to our rights. But this is a whole new issue. This " Fuhrer Befiehl " means virtually 100% registration. Registration will lead to confiscation, especially if "Heil Hillary"gets elected.
For a lot of us, those who got FFL's and C&R licenses, we are pretty much sunk. I am not turning in anything. Point, period, exclamation mark. Everybody is going to have to make their own choices. Everyone's situation is different.
But if you don't have a gun and you want one, or think you might, or you kids might, get it now.