Bump Stocks: An admission that “Acting” AG Whitaker’s signature wasn’t valid

Barr’s history on gun control makes this no great surprise.

New AG rubber stamps illegal bump stock rule change
Scheduled to be published on March 14th, newly appointed U.S. Attorney General William Barr will ratify a final rule from the ATF that determined bump stocks to be a “machine gun”.

This reaffirmation is in response to a federal lawsuit challenging then acting Attorney General Whitaker’s unconstitutional appointment to the position, who originally ratified the final rule.

Clearly, the government felt their defense of Whitaker’s validity was weak (which, having read the laws, I knew). They hope to walk into court and say, “That’s part’s moot Your Honor; the confirmed Attorney General signed it, too.”

But they just opened up another can of worms. Whitaker signed the rule on December 18, 2018. The rule — which the government just effectively admitted wasn’t valid — was officially published in the Federal Register on December 26.

Current possessors of bump-stock-type devices will have until the effective date of the rule (90 days from the date of publication in the Federal Register) to comply.

If Barr has to sign it again to shut down arguments over the validity, it has to be republished in the Register again, now that it has finally been “properly” signed.

And that resets the countdown clock.

So publish it, as now scheduled on March 14, 2019, and start the new 90 day countdown, with a new deadline of June 13, 2019. In accordance with the Administrative Procedures Act.

Democrats enabling election fraud since…

Well, since there have been Democrats.

This time we have H.R.1 – For Fuck the People Act of 2019.

To expand Americans’ access to the ballot box, reduce the influence of big money in politics, and strengthen ethics rules for public servants, and for other purposes.

It passed the House today. GovTrack says it has an 88% chance of being enacted. If it is, there is absolutely no reason for anyone but a Democrat to ever vote again.

Forget debates over the morality of voting, or whether there’s a candidate who represents your views, or if you can trust a pol to keep his promises. There will simply be no point in voting because Democrat voters will greatly outnumber everyone else.

H.R. 1 essentially legalizes fraud.

I’ve been very busy other issues, so while I expected this to be bad, I hadn’t checked on how bad until I heard the House passed it.

Honestly, I still haven’t read all of it. I’m not going to. I started with the voter registration stuff, realized how fucked we are, and stopped. When you’ve got that terminal cancer diagnosis with a few months to live, there’s not a lot of point in getting a dental checkup.

First, we’re going to have Internet registration. If we’re lucky, most new voters will be Russian Bots, and not the Chinese ones. If you can’t figure out how to submit a signature (which in theory would be matched to your signature when casting a ballot — tricky that, since one option is an “electronic signature” online), no problem Just give ’em one when you show up to vote.

Then there’s the automatic registration. Every agency with a list of people will submit those records to the state’s voter registration office. If the folks are deemed “eligible,” they’ll be informed by mail. Unless the potential voter affirmatively declines to be registered — you have to tell them not to — they get registered.

The problem with that… Pretend you’re Chicago. You have an agency that tracks deaths. Agency submits records. Registration office informs dead voter. Dead voter neglects to reply. Registered! Being Chicago, the only difference is that now it’s legal.

Or maybe it’s a welfare office. Which serves, among others, noncitizen resident aliens. Or, in some states, illegal aliens.

Or driver licenses for illegals, or “city ID cards” like NYC’s.

Folks who aren’t in the system, but want to vote, can register manually; in person or online. Let’s say they’re part of Stacey Abrams’ voting bloc. They can’t fill out the complete form because they don’t when “they” (for which read, “the person they’re pretending to be”) were born, or where they live. Never again will Abrams need to sue to get them counted. So long as the application is “substantially complete,” it’s close enough for government work.

Legalized voter fraud.

Guess who else gets to register: sixteen year-olds. Yes, dumbass high school students, who think limiting magazine to ten rounds would have prevented the Parkland shooting, get to register, too.

On the bright side, the bill allows for purging voter rolls (he said sarcastically). With a hell of a “but.”

No purging a voter who never voted.

No purging within 6 months of an election.

Want to purge someone who’s registered to vote in another state. You can do that. IF and only if the records in both states match perfectly: Exact spelling of the first name, middle name (in full), last name, and last four digits of the SSAN.

One state doesn’t record SSAN? Sorry; record doesn’t match, so you can’t purge. Ditto if one state didn’t list the middle name, or only used the initial. This will be very popular with the Masshole students of the University of North Massachuestts New Hampshire, who go to the NH polls in the morning, then jam the southbound interstate to vote in Mass. En mass.

Given the weasels in the Senate, this is probably going to pass. And that will enable the Crazocracy, which leaves the sane and honest folk with no options but a perpetual hunting season.

No wonder the corrupt scum infesting DC want us disarmed.

Les Winkeler is officially a fucking idiot.

He’s blowing off warnings about the compliance cost for Illinois’ SB0337.

Crying wolf doesn’t advance gun rights
Those over-stated reactions always make me wince. I think crying wolf is a net negative for gun rights.

The new legislation requires that gun sellers, from large retail outlets to individuals selling from their home, be licensed by the State of Illinois. Admittedly, upon initial reading the license fees were eye-popping — $1,500 for retail outlets and $300 for private sellers. Then, the fine print came into focus and we realized those were five-year licenses.

He admits that dealers operate on a thin margin, but then blows it off as, “a stretch to consider those fees would break the bank.”

I’ll start with the obvious, then get to the nitty gritty.

A dealer isn’t going to be paying “$41.67 per month or $1.37 per day.” He has to pay $1,500 dollars up front. He has to spend — expensive — time preparing the application. Yes, that’s going to hurt.

A lot. Because the nitty gritty is the part “Zumbo” Winkeler completely ignores: the new law does far more than require an expensive license. Another license (remember, they have to get an FFL and an ordinary business license).

They also have to buy ,and pay to install, a video surveillance system. An ordinary security system won’t do. It has to specifically record each and every purchaser. They have to maintain that system, and store the video for a minimum of 90 days. That ain’t cheap, if it’s going to be of any use. If a camera fails, the dealer could lose his license even if he was unaware of the failure, so the cameras will have to be checked every day.

They have to pay for a monitored alarm system. What they already have might not be sufficient if it doesn’t directly alert police. Monitored systems for commercial operations can cost $100 or more per month. After buying, and paying for the installation. It will very likely also necessitate paying for a dedicated phone line for the alarm.

Dealers will have to maintain a separate electronic inventory control system in addition to the bound book. Another computer with inventory control software. And at this point, the dealer may need to hire a clerk to make the entries; certainly he’ll need at least a temporary hire for initial entry.

Dealers will be required to conduct annual training on “straw purchase recognition,” for every employee who makes transfers. They’ll have to pay their employees for that unproductive — they aren’t selling while they’re training — training time. More money out of pocket.

Then there’s the “safe storage” for non-operating hours. Ghu only knows what that will cost, because the law doesn’t even define it, leaving to the police to make it up as they go. More money.

More money out of their narrow profit margin. The very point of the bill was to make gun stores unprofitable. Or make guns too expensive to purchase when compliance costs are passed on.

And that won’t be all. The law also creates a “Gun Dealer Licensing Board” specifically to come up with more rules and regulations with which dealers have to — expensively — comply.

But I wonder if Winkeler even noticed this:

Provides that any person within this State who transfers or causes to be transferred, by private sale, any firearm, stun gun, or taser shall keep a record of the transfer for a period of 10 years from the date of transfer.

Any person, not just licensed dealers. And transferred, not sold. Did Winkeler loan a hunting buddy a rifle? I hope he remembered to keep that record. And doesn’t lose it for ten years.

So yes, Les Winkeler is a fucking idiot, whom I’m guessing never ran a retail operation.

Quislings Defending Vichy NRA

The Vichy NRA appears to be in full damage control mode as people read the ATF’s final bump-fire stock rule, and realize just how badly the group screwed over gun owners.

This is a bit longer than my usual blog posts, so I’ll give you a TL;DR:

For three consecutive days, columns have been published defending the NRA’s bump-fire fiasco. In all three cases, it is the same refrain we heard after NFA, GCA, FOPA, Brady, Constitutional Carry, and all the rest: It isn’t our fault. And it would have been worse if we hadn’t done it. We derailed legislation that would have banned more. Except the bump-stock-type device (BSTD) rule can be applied to all the devices the NRA claims to have protected, and makes every semiauto in existence “easily converted to a machinegun,” and subject to a post-FOPA ban. And it didn’t even derail any legislation

Keep reading and I’ll address the points made by Marion Hammer, Duane Liptak, and Tom knighton, and explain — yet again — what I mean by that.

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