Obama Administration’s New Push To Regulate Shooters

BY Herschel Smith
2 years, 11 months ago

If Lanny Breuer isn’t arguing against gun possession outside the home, Obama’s Bureau of Land Management (Department of the Interior) is trying to promulgate new regulations on shooters.

Gun owners who have historically been able to use public lands for target practice would be barred from potentially millions of acres under new rules drafted by the Interior Department, the first major move by the Obama administration to impose limits on firearms.

Officials say the administration is concerned about the potential clash between gun owners and encroaching urban populations who like to use same land for hiking and dog walking.

“It’s not so much a safety issue. It’s a social conflict issue,” said Frank Jenks, a natural resource specialist with Interior’s Bureau of Land Management, which oversees 245 million acres. He adds that urbanites “freak out” when they hear shooting on public lands.

If the draft policy is finally approved, some public access to Bureau lands to hunters would also be limited, potentially reducing areas deer, elk, and bear hunters can use in the West.

So exactly how would such regulations be implemented?

This is the key paragraph foes say could lead to shooters being kicked off public lands:

“When the authorized officer determines that a site or area on BLM-managed lands used on a regular basis for recreational shooting is creating public disturbance, or is creating risk to other persons on public lands; is contributing to the defacement, removal or destruction of natural features, native plants, cultural resources, historic structures or government and/or private property; is facilitating or creating a condition of littering, refuse accumulation and abandoned personal property is violating existing use restrictions, closure and restriction orders, or supplementary rules notices, and reasonable attempts to reduce or eliminate the violations by the BLM have been unsuccessful, the authorized officer will close the affected area to recreational shooting.”

The new regulation may as well say that for any reason under the sun when an employee of the BLM wants to close down lands to shooting, he may do so at his discretion.  This has a potentially huge affect on shooters, and the most remarkable thing is its broad sweep (note that implementation of the regulation doesn’t require demonstrated safety issues), combined with the bypassing of the process for making law – you know, the Congress.  Congress has been left out because, you know, the Obama administration knows better than to have to wait on something silly like the law-making process.

  • TS Alfabet

    Isn’t this amazing and absolutely disgusting? What, really, is the difference between the U.S. today and a fascist or authoritarian state? Isn’t the essence of authoritarianism that the one in power gets to impose its will on the population with little or no recourse? If there is a difference it is one of degrees. As this article shows, a faceless, nameless (and largely unaccountable) bureaucracy can impose “regulations” by fiat that restrict time-honored freedoms. And it’s not just hunting or shooting on public lands. You can find countless examples of this kind of thing throughout American life. The EPA, for example, can make up volumes of regulations that can bankrupt entire industries or lead to massive energy shortages. All it takes is a word from our Czar President and it’s done. Sure, Congress can threaten to cut off funding for this or that agency but, to my knowledge, that has rarely ever proven successful.

    If there is any comfort, it may be that the defeat of Obama may bring in a new Czar President who will undo these, same regulations. And maybe expand the use of public lands or decree that federal park managers must bring hot chocolate and moist towlettes to hunters every day at noon. But it’s time to be done with this extra-legal rule making. Gut the powers of the agencies and leave it up to the states to manage these resources with some basic federal oversight.

    Down with the Unelected Bureaucrats!

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