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What You Need to Know About Obama’s Executive Order on Gun Control

Published on January 6, 2016 by   ·   1 Comment

Claire Bernish

As promised, President Obama issued a series of “New Executive Actions to Reduce Gun Violence and Make Our Communities Safer,” according to the fact sheet published on the White House website on Tuesday.

In order to address what has become known in many states as the “gun show loophole” — whereby purchasing a firearm from a vendor at a gun show had far less restrictions on background checks, licensing, and waiting periods — the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives was ordered to “clarify” several issues and definitions.

Anyone dealing firearms will now be required to obtain a license to do so, regardless of their location. This includes gun show vendors and Internet firearms dealers, as well as brick-and-mortar stores. The federal government will be watching such indicators as “quantity and frequency of sales” to catch anyone attempting to skirt the requirement. Typical of government, those guidelines are rather murky. According to Obama:

There is no specific threshold number of firearms purchased or sold that triggers the licensure requirement. But it is important to note that even a few transactions, when combined with other evidence, can be sufficient to establish that a person is ‘engaged in the business.’ For example, courts have upheld convictions for dealing without a license when as few as two firearms were sold or when only one or two transactions took place, when other factors were also present.

Penalties for those found to be dealing without a license or failing to conduct background checks include up to five years imprisonment and fines up to $250,000.

Another apparent loophole addressed surrounds the employment of trusts, corporations, and “other legal entities” to exploit outdated regulations in the National Firearms Act and avoid background checks in order to obtain “some of the most dangerous weapons, such as machine guns and sawed-off shotguns.” Now, the ATF “is finalizing a rule” that will effectively end such thwarting of background checks.

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