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In the news this week: The ATF processing time for the national firearms act paperwork is starting to increase rapidly again. At its peak, the wait time was as high as one year, just to hear back from the ATF. Recently, the wait time had gotten as low as 30 days, but it appears that that time will be on the rise again. An electronically filed Form 1 as tracked by NFATracker.com has increased to by a little over 200%, putting the wait time well above 90 days. Form 4 requests are taking about a month longer, about 4 months instead of 3. The ATF has hired more employees to deal with this time…maybe…or maybe the historically gun-control happy ATF is trying to slow the rate of gun ownership in this country.
Texas recently enacted a campus carry bill that would allow individuals on state run colleges and universities to carry a sidearm. Chancellor William McRaven, as expected, issued a memo to the 16 presidents in his University of Texas system regarding this new law, indicating that many of the high profile and well-funded laboratories on many of the campuses may be first targets for a “no carry zone.” It is no secret that many in the UT system were anti-gun before this bill was law, and these same powerful individuals may take action to limit the positive effect of the law now that they cannot fight it in the legislature.
Missouri appears well on its way to becoming the 7th state to adopt open carry. The Missouri Supreme Court upheld a constitutional amendment that broadened gun rights in the state. This Amendment was Amendment 5, which 61 percent of voters approved in an August 2014 referendum. This Amendment made the rights to own firearms, ammunition, and accessories unalienable in the state. Maine and Missouri are both now on the brink of becoming constitutional carry states, making them the 7th and 8th states, respectively.
Finally this week, a state senator in California has pleaded guilty to gun running charges. Leland Yee, who repeatedly voted to keep guns illegal as possible, was supplying machine guns and rocket launchers to the very state that he fought to keep gun free. Maybe he was simply trying to drive up the cost of his black market merchandise. Assistant U.S. Atty. Susan Badger informed Mr. Yee that he could face up to 20 years in prison, $250,000 in fines, restitution to victims, asset forfeiture, and possible deportation. We just love it when crooks get what’s coming to them.