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Will Obama’s new executive orders actually do anything to reduce gun violence? AP

President Obama is finally set to roll out his new gun control executive orders next week. Politico explained on Thursday what they possibly could be.

The Obama administration is set to push two key things:

  • Tightening the so-called “gun show loophole” by tightening the definition of “engaged in the business” of selling guns.
  • A requirement that all gun dealers and manufacturers report to Federal authorities any guns stolen in transit to buyers from their inventories.

Here’s how Politico describes the possible language of the tightening of the definition of “engaged in the business” of selling guns.

The background check change has been anticipated for months. Obama will tighten the definition of what it means to be “engaged in the business” of firearms sales. Currently, the law says people who sell guns with the “principal objective of livelihood and profit” have to get a dealer’s license through the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives — and therefore conduct a background check on buyers no matter where they sell, including online or at a gun show.

Under the current law, gun dealers have to get a Federal Firearms License. FFL applicants have to pay a $200 application fee, submit to a background check, send in a fingerprint card, turn in an application, undergo an in-person interview with the local ATF field office, and submit to an inspection of their place of business. As long as FFL holders have a license, their place of business is subject to inspection by the ATF and they must record every gun sale and conduct background checks on all customers.

While the enhanced definition may result in more convictions of unlicensed dealers, would it actually be effective?

Depending on the study, only 3 percent to 11 percent of all criminals bought their guns legally through either dealers or at a gun show. Most guns used in crimes are gifts or are purchased illegally.

Black market dealers will likely not comply with the new regulations.

The second regulation deals with stolen guns. Gun control advocates claim that thieves target guns that are in transit because they are unregistered and harder to trace. The ATF has already proposed this regulation in August 2014. The gun industry opposes it, claiming that the voluntary reporting system is working just fine.

There isn’t enough data available to determine if this proposed regulation would actually do anything to reduce gun crime. On the other hand, the requirement does not seem to be burdensome at first glance.

Although wouldn’t it be more logical to report the theft to local police instead of going straight to the Feds and the local authorities could move it up the food chain if necessary?

It’s hard to see how any of these new executive orders will do anything reduce gun crime. But what it does is give Democrats the gun control issue to run on in 2016.

Kevin Boyd About the author:
Kevin Boyd is a general correspondent for The Hayride and an associate policy analyst at the R Street Institute. His work has been featured at IJ Review, The National Interest, Real Clear Policy, and the Washington Examiner. You can follow him on Twitter @kevinboyd1984
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