The Administration's big-chance, don't-mess-it-up Executive Order on guns says, "What you've been doing? Yeah, continue to do that." It didn't even make anything illegaller.
They are going to do what crazy old Uncle Wayne LaPierre keeps saying at press conferences: enforce the laws already on the books. How crazy does he look now?
There's an Indy 1500 Gun Show coming up* weekend after next and it will be interesting to see the effect of the "And this time, we're serious!" Executive Order on attendance and on the two or three multi-table hobby traders I see at the shows.
The frog-boiling side of this goes back to the Clinton-era crackdown on "kitchen table gun dealers," in which Federal Firearms Licensees who did not have a brick-and-mortar business establishment found themselves getting ratted out to zoning boards and otherwise having their business activities made more difficult. This shut down a lot of the small-time dealers, who were (among other things) going to gun shows and running Federal background checks on prospective buyers as required of FFLs no matter the venue in which they are trading; they got out of the business, scaled way back and stopped turning a profit, and/or went with
It's a new day and the Administration wanted a new great Victory. Knowing the media know slightly less about firearms laws than pigs,† they went with a restatement of existing law and a square-jawed resolve to go enforce the laws already passed. Oh, and they're planning to expand the FBI background check center to a 24/7 operation. On cue, the Major Media are cheering their bold new steps...marching in place.
All right, then, get to it.
Throw us back into that briar patch!
* This morning, McAfee Site Advisor has blocked www.indy1500.com: "High Risk: Weapons, Malicious Site." Yeah, there's malice, all right -- on the part of whoever flagged it, unless the Indy 1500 site has been hacked, which I doubt.
† You can read that sentence two ways. They're both correctly descriptive.