President Joe Biden, who recently called the family of one of the US Service members killed in a suicide drone strike and claimed his son was killed in Iraq (Beau died of brain cancer), has his administration looking at requiring Universal Background Checks through the very broad and likely to fail interpretation of being ‘engaged in the business of’ selling firearms.
Here is the short version. If you buy any gun and later decide to sell it for any reason you become ‘engaged in the business of selling firearms’. Under this interpretation you are now a professional salesperson of anything you choose to sell at any time that is your private property and therein lies the absurdity of the overreach. But the Biden Admin appears to be trying the old ‘but guns…’ defense of their plan and using his groundbreaking BSCA act to claim all gun transfers that are a ‘sale’ are required to go through a check.
The hilarious part here is that there exists an easy loophole, one that adds to the irony in that it was pioneered by marijuana. The requirement would likely only stand for sales, not gifts. So if you just so happened to buy a ballcap from someone for $1,100 and they gave you a BCM AR-15 as a thank you gift for buying the ball cap that would not be the sale of a firearm. Expensive ball cap, but who am I to tell you what to do with your money or what people can give as a gift?
In short, the Biden administration can get bent on this idea the same way portions laws and policies nationwide are getting the gavel when they stray outside the lanes of actual crime and actual consequence.
Keep an eye on this one folks, but I think this rule will error code and crash like that self driving Tesla did the other day.
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