Kobach, others sign letter protesting Biden attempt to restrict private firearm sales

TOPEKA – Kansas Attorney General Kris Kobach is leading a coalition of 25 state attorneys general and the Arizona State Legislature to demand the Biden Administration drop a regulation restrict the sale of firearms between private individuals.

In a press release, Kobach maintained the proposed regulation clearly violates the Second Amendment.

Kansas Attorney General Kris Kobach/Wall Street Journal photo

“For as long as this country has existed, individual law-abiding Americans have sold firearms to friends and family. Doing so would become extremely difficult if this regulation were to take effect. My colleagues and I will do everything necessary to stop this from happening,” Kobach said.

The public comment letter argues that the rule doesn’t clearly define profit, and that it presumes individual sellers are firearms dealers even if the individual only sells one firearm. The attorneys general also argue that the right to sell firearms for profit among individuals is protected by the Second Amendment.

“If the Bureau was serious about combatting violent crime, it would focus on enforcing the laws that are already on the books to hold violent criminals accountable for their actions Unfortunately, the bureau has instead targeted innocent people who sell firearms. That is not only unlawful but wrong, and the bureau must change course,” the comment letter reads.

In addition to the Arizona State Legislature and Attorney General Kobach, the attorneys general of the following states also signed the letter: Iowa, Montana, Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wyoming.

To read the letter, click here.

Dane Hicks is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and the United States Marine Corps Officer Candidate School at Quantico, VA. He is the author of novels "The Skinning Tree" and "A Whisper For Help." As publisher of the Anderson County Review in Garnett, KS., he is a recipient of the Kansas Press Association's Boyd Community Service Award as well as more than 60 awards for excellence in news, editorial and photography.