The Associated Press has reported that the Obama administration will take several steps to try to execute gun control in the United States.
The new gun control “executive action,” will ban military grade weapons from returning to the U.S., after they have been sold or donated. Obama’s gun control executive action will also search for convicted felons that are not eligible to own guns, but own a gun through registrations under corporations or trusts.
The Obama administration’s gun control executive action will most likely require a database that collects information on convicted felons, and ties them to gun ownership registration; but furthermore, it may require a felon’s employer information. A business that employees a convicted felon could also become a target of any investigation. This may also require a corporation to divulge employee names to the Department of Justice in order to cooperate with an investigative search.
The state of California has such a database list, it is called an Armed Prohibited Persons System list, or APPS, and
persons prohibited from owning firearms under California’s APPS law include felons, individuals with a history of violence (domestic violence/restraining order) or severe mental illness, and fugitives.
The Daily News reports how a homeless couple was shot in error by the police raid in southern California. This mistake cost the state of California $4 million dollars that was settles last week. The victims, Angel and Jennifer Mendez, were sleeping in their wooden shack, when police came in using what was declared by the courts as excessive force while, firing guns. Redflag News further reported that police had shoved two M16s within inches of Joe Mendez’s face during the raid that involved fourteen police officers. California is trying to track at least 20,000 people that are still listed on their APPS.
Obama’s gun control executive action goes ahead of the United States’ House of Representative’s effort to do the same. In February of this year, Democrat representative Mike Thompson from California, introduced bill H.R. 848, the “Armed Prohibited Persons Act of 2013,” that is presently under committee review.
This gun control law would give the United States Attorney General, Eric Holder, the responsibility of developing and operating a system to “retrieve firearms from armed prohibited persons.” The law would require the disposing of the firearm, and requires U.S. states to participate in the national instant criminal background check system, established under the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention act (the Brady Act).
In the Armed Prohibited Persons bill, the term ‘armed prohibited person’ means any person who possesses a firearm, and who’s act or commission became unlawful; and as such, can no longer own a gun.
In charge of taking guns from “armed prohibited persons” may require force, and possible raids similar to the ones California is already experiencing. If the Attorney decides to take action, we may expect the Department of Justice, under Eric Holder, to use either local police, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) or even the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), which seems to be very armed themselves.
Forbes reported earlier this year that the DHS was
stockpiling more than 1.6 billion rounds of hollow-point ammunition, along with 7,000 fully-automatic 5.56x45mm NATO “personal defense weapons” plus a huge stash of 30-round high-capacity magazines.