Gun Control / Other News / WTF Weeks ago it was revealed the Department of Justice was working with the FDIC to provide new monetary regulations that would halt the sale of guns by licensed gun dealers. Though Obama maintains that he only wants to enforce “reasonable, common sense” gun control, when you peak behind the curtain it’s easy to see this is just a magic trick he’s using to distract Americans from what’s really happening. So how is Obama going to finally starve Americans of access to firearms? It’s called “Operation Chokepoint.” Operation Chokepoint is a devious means of shutting down gun stores by blocking them from obtaining credit and even basic banking services. Operation Chokepoint works directly with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) and lumps gun sellers into the same category as “high risk” businesses like pornographers, head shops, and pyramid schemes to prevent lending institutions from providing them with open lines of credit to fund their businesses. By categorizing gun stores in such a way, it could virtually shut down gun dealers across the nation. Gun store owners are understandably concerned, and despite claims to the contrary, they feel the DOJ is unjustly restricting access to the credit they need to operate their businesses. According to a Washington Times article: A Justice Department representative said the agency is conducting several investigations that aim to hold accountable banks “who are knowingly assisting fraudulent merchants who harm consumers.” “We’re committed to ensuring that our efforts to combat fraud do not discourage or inhibit the lawful conduct of these honest merchants,” the Justice Department said in a May 7 blog post. The Obama administration understands that if they can limit the ability of gun stores to do business, they can destroy the second amendment without having to touch the Constitution or pass more legislation. Operation Chokepoint will likely work in tandem with new private seller laws that require the sale of a firearm to go through a licensed gun broker. This is problematic because if the only way to obtain a gun through private sale is to make the sale through a gun broker, and there are no gun brokers in the area because they’ve been shutdown through credit or banking restrictions, it will make the transfer of firearms from one person to the other nearly impossible. In light of this disturbing revelation, it might bring comfort to know that there are already several grassroots efforts underway to challenge Operation Chokepoint. According to Gun Owners of America: [GOA] is encouraging Members of Congress to defund Obama’s efforts to dry up funding for the firearms industry by regulatory fiat. Congressman Steve Stockman put it this way: “It’s pretty clear that, unless Congress uses the power of the purse to stop him, Barack Obama will use his ‘phone and his pen’ to ban guns by cutting off money for gun manufacturers and dealers.” Legislators are proposing bills on a wide variety of fronts. Blaine Luetkemeyer, vice chairman of the House committee with jurisdiction, has called for legislation to block the FDIC’s insidious scheme. And good for him! But, given that Obama will veto any free-standing legislation to save the gun industry, an appropriations rider is also necessary. Let’s hope these legislative efforts successfully stop Obama from fully implementing his plan.