For local readers who have not yet heard this:
President Obama has just signed a new executive order that will essentially put a majority of small gunsmiths and niche gun parts makers out of business. Essentially, the new regulations mean that small gunsmiths who fabricate or modify parts of any kind could be labeled as manufacturers under current ITAR regulations.(H/T: Controversial Times)
Gunsmiths (licensed) who violate this 'executive order' are (apparently, I'm just guessing at this point) subject to fines rather than imprisonment, because this is an "Executive Order" rather than a "LAW"... but the information is not immediately available.
This is typical of
Curiously, the Executive Branch is charged with enforcing existing laws, rather than making new laws. If the President chooses not to enforce the laws, the other two branches of government are hamstrung. For example: there are laws which forbid undocumented aliens from remaining in America, but as long as the Executive Branch chooses not to enforce those laws, the Judicial Branch is powerless.
Can an 'executive order' have the force of law? Can you have a law which is not imposed by the Executive Branch rather than the Legislative Branch? Can you have a law which is not 'on the books' and which is not accompanied by a penalty? What happens to a gunsmith if he ignores this Presidential Fiat?
(Yes, I looked up 'fiat'; yes, it applies. I learn more legal terms by reacting to Liberal Baloney than I ever did by going to college! The definition is, loosely, a dictate which is imposed by someone who has the power to make it stick!)
That 'fiat' goes away when the President leaves office. Depending on his successor, that fiat may or may not be in effect when a new president is elected. (Of course, if that successor is the HillaryBeast, that will be the least of the constitutional impertinences we have to deal with.)
Dear God, it's as if Obama is challenging us to elect Trump as the next POTUS, if only so we can rein in a power-mad Executive Branch.
(Of course, Hillary would not support this!)