Pro-Gun Measures Snuck Into New Government Funding Bill
A bipartisan Senate bill preventing a federal shutdown would make four long-standing gun protections permanent, including one preventing the Justice Department from requiring firearms dealers to conduct inventories to make sure weapons haven’t been stolen, congressional aides from both parties said.
Another provision made permanent would prevent the government from changing the definition of antique guns, which can sometimes be easier to obtain than modern weapons. Two others would block the department from denying a license to firearms dealers who report no business activity, and require the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to include language in firearms data stating that the information can’t be used to make conclusions about gun crimes.
Of the four items mentioned above, the only one I would even consider is the antique weapons provision. It’s easy to see why pro-gun lobby people would want anyone to be able to obtain a firearms dealer license, even if they aren’t a dealer. It’s also clear that the gun-lobby doesn’t want statistics or data which make them look bad to get out so they try to block it’s use.
The provision about not counting your inventory to be sure the guns weren’t stolen makes no sense at all. None. You’ve got something dangerous, elevated inventory control is a must. Nah you don’t have to count that C4, that uranium, that 2 tons of fertilizer or those packs of cold medicine. What do I care if they get stolen?