[Ed. – Maybe the ATF can get the Bureau of Land Management and the Department of Education to do it for them. They’re really well armed these days, and gaining lots of experience with SWAT-style raids and infantry warfare against the people.]
In 1994, the Clintons decided to crack down on people like me, who were being gun dealers part-time and operating out of our homes. We had to show “licensed premises” for doing business and show copies of our local business licenses. Most part-time dealers lived in residential areas that were not zoned for commercial businesses, and so the number of licensed dealers in the country fell by about 80% during the ensuing three-year licensing cycle. I changed my licensed premises to an address in a commercial district, as I was making money from my part-time gun business and did not want to abandon it.
Now Obama tells us that there are hundreds of thousands of “unlicensed” dealers, and they have to be licensed. This is going to create a real problem for the ATF. The government is now going to have to define “dealing” and put a number on it. I have heard mention of 25 or more guns a year as a suggested threshold. That would create a huge problem for ATF making a case against a citizen. They’d have to have undercover agents buy at least 25 guns from a single person in 12 months to make just one case. If the number is much smaller, it’s going to have severe legal implications for the issue of ordinary people selling private property. In either case, a lot of people are going to be even more angry with this administration, and with good reason.