The Smallest Minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny individual rights cannot claim to be defenders of minorities. - Ayn Rand
BATFE Delenda Est.
I remember this issue coming up in the mid 90s also. Don't remember how or if it got resolved, but checking back may yield a resolution.
I think the number of dealers declined mostly because they raised the FFL fee and requirements, so there's way fewer kitchen table dealers.
I think this is one of those situations where we should love our enemies, and then crush them like ants. Seriously though, who's in charge of this agency and what's their motivation? It's as if Sarah Brady is the puppet master behind the helm.
Congress better act. I wish we had a president with balls who would stand up to this garbage.
I think that the whole idea of having to be a dealer to *receive* a firearm (which originated in the '68 GCA) is abhorrent to the idea of a guaranteed RKBA. It is bad enough that you need to be a dealer to sell your personal or business property (which started in '38 or so), but to receive it? Unbelievable. What the heck is wrong with the idea of a "kitchen table" dealer? Isn't that how lots of businesses in unrelated fields start? Under the GCA type of reasoning, some branch of the fed.gov should be regulating everyone that sells on Ebay, everyone that has garage sales, etc. - which is, of course, absurd on its face.
Which points out that the major function of the BATF is absurd on its face. Maybe the hearings that are going on, plus a few thousand phone calls to Congresscritters, can get this unconstitutional portion of the law eliminated. Let the BATF concentrate on the nutcases, on the terrorists and their bombs, instead of on average folks that simply want to buy & sell a few guns.
The BATF is a small agency full of young, aggressive agents who want promotions, pensions, awards, et, et. Their only prey is the american gun owners. They got away with burning a church with the folks still inside it. Do you think ANYTHING is going to rein them in?
"Do you think ANYTHING is going to rein them in?"
Something better or one day it will be .308, 7.62 x 51, 7.62 x 54, 7.62 x 39, .223, 5.56 x 45, 30.06, ... and it won't be anything like pretty.
I prefer that it be something that isn't on the right half of that "or"; but while the right side is not a good thing, it is decidedly not the worst thing possible either.
Already wrote my congresscritters. With great upset showing through.
How about the idiocy that I can go to another state and buy a rifle, but not a handgun? Or a FFL dealer can go to a gunshow in another state and only sell to other dealers, even though can sell to citazens from the shop?