The folks directly affected by this proposal have one complaint, too much red tape. Now, I don't really believe that. I would believe it if they said they don't like being told how to exercise their rights, or if they said this sets a bad precedent and will result in a sloppery slope. But, too much red tape, I don't see it.The White House’s decision to deny an emergency order that would impose stricter regulations on rifle sales on border states was greeted with mixed feelings in the Rio Grande Valley.
In December, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives — the federal agency that regulates the sale of weapons — asked the White House to expedite an order that would require dealers to report any person who purchased more than two semi-automatic rifles greater than a .22 caliber within a five-day period. The proposed requirement, aimed at stopping the illegal trafficking of guns into Mexico, would only apply to four states — Texas, Arizona, New Mexico and California.
That request, however, was turned down Wednesday by the Office of Management and Budget, the Associate Press reported. Instead, the proposal will undergo a standard, three-month review period, which will open it up to public comment — something many gun-rights proponents are happy about.
But the bigger question for me is what is the White House up to? The long-overdue announcement by the president seems to have faded away, and now this.
What's your opinion? What do you think is going on?
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