How the Trump administration got around a Congressional ban on gun sales
The Trump administration announced Wednesday it would not enforce the 1996 National Firearms Act.
The ban on private gun sales by individuals was the most important piece of gun control legislation passed by Congress.
It also banned high-capacity ammunition magazines and banned assault weapons.
The National Rifle Association, which had long lobbied for the ban, praised the administration’s decision to scrap it.
“We are thrilled that the White House has finally decided to end the ban on high-powered, high-profile firearms, and is taking steps to implement the common-sense gun safety measures that have been in place for years,” said Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White, House, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) spokeswoman.
The ban also prevented the government from using funds to buy guns from individuals who had been prohibited from doing so under the law.
The ban was lifted in 2017.
The repeal of the ban was expected, with the NRA praising Trump for doing so.
“President Trump’s actions today are an important step to keep America safe,” NRA President Wayne LaPierre said in a statement.
“It’s time for Congress to return to the rule of law and enact real gun control.”
The NRA’s support for the repeal of President Barack Obama’s ban, and for the new administration’s gun control plan, comes after a shooting in June at an Orlando gay nightclub that left 49 people dead and more than 50 wounded.
The NRA supported Trump’s repeal of Obama’s gun restrictions, which included the 1996 ban.
“The NRA and the Trump Administration are pleased to see that the Trump team is finally coming around on the NRA-supported ban,” the NRA said in its statement.
The NRA had long argued that it should have been the law of the land.
However, the ban expired in 2017 and the National Rifle Associations and other gun rights groups challenged it in court.
The government defended its actions by saying the 1996 law is a strong deterrent to gun trafficking and has prevented violent crime in the United States.
“It’s been a long, hard fight, and it’s time to finally move on,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions said at a news conference.
“This law will continue to be enforced in the years to come.”