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    So while Obama could use an executive order to require all gun sales to do background checks, and to prosecute any dealer or individual who sells a gun without doing so, that's not writing new law.

    That law exists. Now, if you put ATF agents at all gun shows to ensure that that law is being followed, it would take about a month before there wouldn't be any gun shows.

    He could likely institute a buy back program as well, since I don't think new law would be required for that. Finding the money might be problematic, but I suspect they might find some money in the DOJ and DHS for it.

    •  Try finding enough ATF agents. (3+ / 0-)
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      Susipsych, sethtriggs, PsychoSavannah

      It's been defunded and beheaded by the GOP. It's a hollow shell.

      "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."........ "The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little." (yeah, same guy.)

      by sidnora on Thu Jan 10, 2013 at 04:30:35 PM PST

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    •  Why do you think gun shows wouldn't exist anymore? (1+ / 0-)
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      I have never once bought a gun at one in which I didn't have to do a background check.  Matter of fact, most dealers there won't even allow me to handle a weapon for more than a second without asking for my licence to hold, while I do so.  It is a huge myth that there are incredible amounts of private sales going on at gun shows.  Most of the time you might see 3 or 4 lone guys walking around with a sign that has a gun listed and a price.

       Only those kind of private sales fall under the category of no background check.  Everyone is conducting them.

    •  How so? (3+ / 0-)
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      annieli, buddabelly, KVoimakas

      The legislative authority for all Federal background checks lies in the 1968 Gun Control Act, which specifically exempts intrastate transfers not conducted by an FFL.

      In other words, no, he can't.


      "It is better to die on your feet than to live on your knees." -- Emiliano Zapata Salazar
      "Dissent is patriotic. Blind obedience is treason." --me

      by Leftie Gunner on Thu Jan 10, 2013 at 07:24:57 PM PST

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