According to Jon Crump of AmmoLand, the ATF has been working with the Biden transition team to undermine the Second Amendment.
Although Biden is being installed as president on January 20, 2021, the ATF has been working with the Biden team since November.
Back on November 10, 2020, Acting Director Regina Lombardo revealed in an ATF conference call that the Biden team was in contact with the ATF to figure out what the agency’s “top priorities” are.
Previously, there was controversy surrounding accessories such as pistol braces and if they qualified as short-barreled rifles in accordance with the National Firearms Act. The Department of Justice ended up telling the ATF’s industry division to not make any decisions on pistol braces until the agency clarified the regulations.
SB Tactical and other companies were working with the federal government to hammer out the regulations with regards to the pistol braces due to the subjectivity of the rules. In other words, the ATF reviewer has the sole discretion to determine if the accessory is legal. There is no uniform standard for classifying these accessories.
The ATF caused an uproar when it sent letters to various companies declaring that their pistol brace firearms were short-barrelled rifles (SBRs). One company, Q LLC, who is renowned for its Honey Badger AR pistol, published the cease and desist letter that the ATF sent it. Due to pressure from the Trump administration and angry gun owners, the agency backed away from their demands and issued a 60-day suspension of the cease and desist order.
Similarly, the ATF withdrew its guidance on pistol stabilizing braces back in late December, further demonstrating the power of grassroots outrage towards the ATF’s machinations. Gun owners must brace themselves for further encroachments during the Biden administration, because you can bet a pretty penny that he will be staffing the ATF with a bunch of anti-gun goons.
Texas Governor Abbott Wants Texas to Be a “Second Amendment Sanctuary”
The Texas GOP needs to get its act together and start passing pro-2A legislation
Last week, Texas Governor Greg Abbott said he wants to turn Texas into a Second Amendment sanctuary state.
Patrick Sviteck of the Texas Tribune reported on Twitter, “Abbott tells TPPF he wants to make TX a “2A sanctuary state” this session “so that no gov’t official at any level can come & take your gun away from you despite those ppl who say, ‘Heck yes, we’re gonna take your gun.’ We’re gonna say, ‘Heck no, you cannot take ppl’s guns'” in TX.”
Abbott’s quip about taking people’s guns was in response to Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke remarks during the 2019 Democrat presidential debates where he explicitly called for gun confiscation.
Abbott tells TPPF he wants to make TX a "2A sanctuary state" this session "so that no gov't official at any level can come & take your gun away from you despite those ppl who say, 'Heck yes, we're gonna take your gun.' We're gonna say, 'Heck no, you cannot take ppl's guns'" in TX
— Patrick Svitek (@PatrickSvitek) January 14, 2021
Abbott’s comment came after a number of Texas counties began to declare themselves as “Second Amendment sanctuaries” throughout 2020. Daniel Friend of The Texan reported that “By early 2020, commissioners in over 60 counties — often with the support of the county sheriff — had passed some sort of Second Amendment sanctuary resolution.”
Two elected officials have filed different versions of the Texas Firearm Protection Act, which Greg Abbott pushed back in 2013 when he was Attorney General. The TFPA is a piece of legislation that would ban law enforcement from enforcing federal gun control schemes “that purports to regulate a firearm, a firearm accessory, or firearm ammunition if the statute, order, rule, or regulation imposes a prohibition, restriction, or other regulation, such as a capacity or size limitation, a registration requirement, or a background check, that does not exist under the laws of this state.”
At a Texas Public Policy Foundation event, Abbott emphasized his pro-Tenth Amendment credentials by stating that “I still hold a record that will never be broken by anybody.I hold the record for the most lawsuits filed against Barack Obama — 31 legal actions against him.”
The Texas Governor added, “We had to because the actions he was taking trampled upon Texas’ liberties based upon the Tenth Amendment. We need to go back to the fundamentals of the Tenth Amendment and reassert that against any potential encroachments that we see under the Biden administration.”
The sanctuary movement is arguably one of the brightest spots for the right heading into the Biden era. Despite Democrat control at the federal level, there will be more paths for reform available at the state and local level. This should make Second Amendment operatives realize that not all politics is federal. Plus, gaining in power in D.C. necessitates having strong local political machines. Fighting Second Amendment battles at the state and local level is a good way to build a power base.
As cliche as it may sound, all politics is still local.
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