Nobody is coming for your guns,” instead, they’re coming after our ammo, our gun parts, and now, the guys who change out our gun parts.
The State Department’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) is now demanding that gunsmiths register and play by the same rules as gun manufacturers, which means paying a $2,250 fee for any work involving “cutting, drilling, or machining for installation.”
Of course, if your work does not involve any of the above actions, or “repairs involving replacement parts that do not improve the accuracy, caliber, or other aspects of firearm operation,” you don’t need to register your business. But that is a very small number of gunsmiths, as alterations to weapon parts can often necessitate altering the composition of the original firearm.
The insanely high fee will do one of two things:
- It will drive small businesses in the ground, destroying the hopes and dreams of countless people who want to provide a simple service to the public.
- Prices for something like a routine trigger installation will skyrocket to allow the business to pay the fee, which will prevent people on a budget (almost everyone) from being able to get their firearm worked on.
Is this by design? Instinct tells me yes; that because they can’t come out and take away our Second Amendment rights directly, they have to do it in a roundabout way. The progressives in our government are slowly chipping away at our rights until they are virtually meaningless — and we cannot allow this to happen.
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One man put it perfectly when he said that this is like reclassifying Bob the mechanic as a “vehicle manufacturer,” and expecting him to pay the same fees as General Motors. Of course, that would be seen as ridiculous because there is no trumped-up hysteria surrounding cars.
Progressives prey on your fear, and fear prevents people from thinking rationally. When you’re afraid, you will latch onto any idea, no matter how absurd, that promises you hope, and that’s exactly what this idea is doing. It’s pandering to the minute percentage of Americans that have an irrational fear of inanimate objects, and chipping away at YOUR rights.
H/T Allen B. West