Friday, December 23, 2011

¡Felíz Navidad, Cartel Assassins!

This sure seems like a great idea:

Rules Eased on Gun Sales to Noncitizens

WASHINGTON — The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is relaxing restrictions on the sale of guns to noncitizens because Justice Department lawyers have concluded that the rules had no legal basis, officials said on Thursday.

In a letter to firearms dealers on Thursday, the bureau said it would soon drop a regulation that bars the sale of guns to noncitizens until they can document that they have lived in a state for at least 90 days, such as by producing three months of utility bills in their name at a local address.

...This month, the department published an October memorandum by the Office of Legal Counsel that said another aspect of the A.T.F.’s regulations went too far. It was a rule carrying out a section of the Gun Control Act that generally bars “aliens” who have “been admitted to the United States under a nonimmigrant visa” from buying or possessing weapons.

Well, that's a relief! We've been thinking it's just way too difficult for, say, Mexican visitors to Texas and the Failed State of Arizona to obtain high-powered weapons. Cheers to the ATF for cutting through all that nanny-state red tape. The Totally Awesome Zetas! just got totally awesomer.

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