Biden DOJ Readies License & Background Check Expansion For Private Gun Sales

P. Gardner Goldsmith | April 15, 2024
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In another stunning example of how far tyrants will push their attacks on rights -- once a few generations have accepted their terminology and previous incremental attacks – the Biden Department of so-called “Justice” announced on April 11 the final “rules” it will impose on gun-show sellers and their customers.

D. Michael DeRidder reports for The New American that the new “rules” mandate gun-show sellers to get a “license” based on whether the government says the sellers are engaging in trade “predominantly” for profit.

And, of course, the government will make that determination - the same government and its ever-expanding hive of spies and thugs and “regulators” and “tax service” agents that  forces us to pay them, then they claim the power to make us to to them to get “permission” to engage in peaceful commerce.

Which side is the aggressive danger, here?

And, how is it that supposedly “free” people have to get a “license” - aka a permission slip - from the government in order to engage free commerce with other willing individuals?

Writes DeRidder:

“The Department of Justice (DOJ) this morning announced changes to its definition of ‘engaged in the business’ of firearm sales. The sale of firearms between private individuals currently does not require a purchaser to undergo a background check, unless required by state law. The new federal rule would require a background check on all firearm sales, Attorney General Merrick B. Garland stated today. ‘Under this regulation, it will not matter if guns are sold on the internet, at a gun show, or at a brick-and-mortar store: if you sell guns predominantly to earn a profit, you must be licensed, and you must conduct background checks,’ Garland said.”

Curiously, the federal licensing mandate, the federal “background check” mandate, and all state impediments to the peaceful acquisition of a gun are immoral and unconstitutional.

The Department of “Justice” doesn’t mention that.

And DeRidder adds:

“The Bipartisan Safer Communities Act, passed in 2022, redefined the definition of engaging in the business of dealing in firearms. Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco stated, ‘The Bipartisan Safer Communities Act enhanced background checks and closed loopholes, including by redefining when a person is ‘engaged in the business’ of dealing in firearms. Today’s rule clarifying application of that definition will save lives by requiring all those in the business of selling guns to get a federal license and run background checks — thus keeping guns out of the hands of violent criminals.’”

It's difficult to fathom why the political hacks keep repeating their “guns out of the hands of violent criminals” canard, when not only does history show that “prohibition” doesn’t stop black-market suppliers from meeting demand, but also, criminals, themselves change their behavior to avoid armed civilians, thus making impediments to civilian gun ownership both immoral and dangerous.

This new facet of the federal onslaught is, like all others, a stark affront to the US Constitution, the Founders, and our rights. It breaches the Second Amendment’s prohibition that the “right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.” It breaches the Fourth Amendment, because it demands private information from people and businesses before they can exercise a right, meaning it is a de facto unwarranted search and a seizure of opportunity, through the act of prohibition. It also is a breach of the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendment promise of Due Process, and a breach of the Eighth Amendment’s prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment (no trail means that any punishment is unusual).

But it does more than draw attention to those important points: It allows one to give pause to the very definition of “violent criminals.”

Related: Docs Reveal FBI, ATF Have Been Monitoring Law-Abiding Gun Buyers Through Federal Background Checks | MRCTV

If the US Constitution is supposed to be the “law of the land” by which all levels of government action are to be measured and adjudged, but these people openly breach it, would it not be appropriate to use the term “violent criminals” to describe these government agents?

Who are the bad guys, the peaceful arms traders and buyers, or the government parasites who issue these kinds of threats and have at the ready armed government agents to attack those who do not comply?

The Founders added the Second Amendment to the US Constitution specifically to forbid this kind of statist move against our rights. They did not want a standing army in the form of anything except the bulk of the population who are physically able to bear arms.

That’s us, not the DOJ, not the ATF, not the armed guards around Biden and his Congressional pals who repeatedly and hypocritically tell us we cannot be armed as we would want.

They claim they are "closing the gun-show loophole," which actually is FREEDOM, as the Founders wanted, and as they do this, they are the ones writing their own loopholes around the Constitution.

Their hypocrisy is as powerful as their disrespect for us and the Constitution, itself.

This DOJ move informs us that the situation is dire, and we can keep in minds that the politicians have gotten here because many generations of Americans did not teach their kids and tell their friends about Natural Rights and the US Constitution. Political thieves prey upon ignorance, sloth, or the simple focus on daily life that pervades the masses. They prey on the fact that many people are so busy with important personal matters or their jobs, they can’t keep track of all the crooked government moves.

Thus, we can see that, even if we cannot stop this DOJ action, educating people is important and can lead to changes in the future.

Perhaps this new attack on our rights demands that people teach friends and family the facts right now.