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Old December 20, 2012, 08:09 PM   #44
Frank Ettin
Join Date: November 23, 2005
Location: California - San Francisco
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Originally Posted by Silent Bob
Holder is now saying Obama may begin EOs to institute gun control measures...
Actually what Holder is quoted as saying is:
Originally Posted by Holder
The Obama administration will consider executive actions and specific proposals for legislation as part of its gun policy response...
That's pretty vague.

The legal reality is that there are limits to what a President can do with Executive Orders, and some of those limits have been discussed in this thread. It's quite possible that as part of implementing the Administration's evolving gun control agenda there will be directions given to ATF, which directions could fall within the scope of things that may be done by Executive Order.

But the fact remains that Executive Orders may not make or change laws or regulations.
"It is long been a principle of ours that one is no more armed because he has possession of a firearm than he is a musician because he owns a piano. There is no point in having a gun if you are not capable of using it skillfully." -- Jeff Cooper
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