Originally posted by getreadyalready
I was curious about this myself. If you are not conducting "interstate" sales, do you need a FFL? I can see the Feds being justified in reminding
their dealers that they are accountable for the Fed laws in that case. If you are conducting all of your business within the confine of TN or MT,
then why even bother with a FFL?
The feds have used some pretty tortured logic to claim that EVERY transaction affects interstate commerce, and thus come under their spurious version
of the "interstate commerce" clause.
The basics are that they claim if a guy living in Missouri sells a widget, made in Missouri, to another guy living in Missouri, for used in Missouri,
and even if said widget never leaves the confines of Missouri, that affects the ability of a guy, living in Oregon, and manufacturing widgets in
Oregon, to sell HIS widget to that guy in Missouri, who just bought the Missouri-produced widget. Therefore, the twisted logic goes, the Missouri
widget transaction affects ALL US widget transactions, and so falls under the fed purview.
It's about time that twisted logic gets tested, to see how far it goes, and how strong the resolve is for the feds to micromanage everyone's
I'm not sure, and am currently researching it to back my claims up, but as I understand it, the "Interstate Commerce" Clause was originally
intended to mediate and resolve DISPUTES between states in matters of commerce, and has been morphed over time by the central government to mean that
they REGULATE everything that crosses state lines. Quite a stretch, that, should it prove to be so.
However, if that logic IS followed, and a solely intrastate transaction DOES affect transactions everywhere, then isn't the corollary also so, that
interstate regulation by the feds affects solely INTRASTATE transactions, and so is subject to state regulation of interstate commerce, everywhere? In
that case, Missouri should be able to pass laws that affect DC widget sales.
It needs to be tested, to the firewall and beyond if need be, for the good of "Missourians" everywhere in these United States.