Looking at the “executive actions” that were basically released last night but are being officially released today, leads one to conclude that this was all bark and no bite. Then I read this article in the Washington Post and it makes me ask, is this provision intended to catch totally innocent people trying to sell a single firearm, one single time, from their own collection?
One of the main provisions is new federal guidance requiring some occasional gun sellers to get licenses from ATF and conduct background checks on potential buyers. Rather than set a single threshold for what triggers this licensing requirement, it will be based on a mix of business activities such as whether the seller processes credit cards, rents tables at gun shows and has formal business cards.
The “processes credit cards” caught my attention. Anyone can do that now with a simple attachment to you Smartphone that can be purchased anywhere, including from Rite Aid pharmacies or any electronics stores. What about the son who was left a collection of firearms by his father and for what ever reason wants to sell one or more of them and decides to rent a table one weekend at his local gun show. He isn’t in the business of selling firearms. He isn’t going to do it again, he just wants to go where there are people that might be interested in the guns he wants to sell.