Bob Barr

Even more troubling than the Obama Administration’s sophomoric targeting of obsolete rifles is its bumptious effort to circumvent current federal law that already regulates – and permits -- the import of U.S.-origin military surplus firearms. Rather than go through Congress to change such statutory provisions, as the Constitution dictates, the President is pressing his anti-firearms agenda through executive power. Obama and his Attorney General, Eric Holder, know they do not have the votes in either house of Congress to win a majority vote on gun control issues. This latest executive edict is yet another example of the constitutional hubris that has come to characterize this President’s second term: "If Congress won't act, I will."

The Holy Grail of any modern president’s first term is winning a second. Obama was smart enough to realize that had he moved openly against firearms during his first four years – especially after the “Fast and Furious” scandal broke in the middle of that quadrennium – he likely would have been a one-term Chief Executive. Thus the relative silence on major gun control legislation until this year; when, in the aftermath of the Newtown mass murder, the Administration’s true colors began to emerge.

Last week’s executive actions are not the first attempt by the Obama administration to make an end run around Congress in an effort to enact unconstitutional policies; nor will they be the last. Distracted by the myriad crises surrounding this Administration at home and abroad, Congress may be too distracted at the present to focus on Obama’s escalating campaign against the Second Amendment.

The responsibility, therefore, to stop Obama’s campaign against gun rights falls to the citizenry, which must move their representatives in the Congress to stop it. A good starting point is the “Collectible Firearms Protection Act” (H.R. 2247), which will help restore the right of lawfully licensed dealers to import historically significant firearms; and of law-abiding citizens to possess them.

Bob Barr

Bob Barr represented Georgia’s 7th district in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1995 -2003 and as U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia from 1986-1990.