Author John Lott says President Obama will use the mainstream media to convey his latest executive orders concerning guns. In his latest blog post, Lott spells out exactly how the orders are akin to a meaningless shell game - so few firearms will be affected, but the orders sound stern:
1. The only "military weapons" that are affected by this are old M-1 Garand 30-06 rifles used in the CMP program, available to collectors mainly. No other US-made military rifles are being imported. And more importantly, how is this semi-automatic rifle functionally different than any semi-automatic deer hunting? The only difference that I know is that these old Garands tended to be pretty heavy. I know of no cases when any imported US-made military weapon has been used in a crime.
2. The only "corporate" registration I'm aware of is for Class III (machine guns) weapons. I've never known an individual to use a corporation to register a handgun or other firearm to bypass a background check. Corporations are used (primarily) to obtain fully-automatic machine guns, as they are usually out of the price range of most citizens (minimum of $20,000 each). Yes, when registered to a corporation any officer is allowed to posses the machine gun, but my understanding that at the point that the transfer occurs there has to be a NICS check for the person actually picking up the gun. What happens under current law is that if a gun is registered to a corporation, then anyone who is an officer in the corporation would be allowed to use the gun I don't see how he can make this change without these rules without congressional action. I know of no case where someone who was barred from getting a gun was able to obtain a gun through the mechanism that the president is pointing to. No crime has occurred as a result of this loophole.