Knowing nothing will pass through Congress, "O" is having the DOJ/BATFE et al start playing the bureaucratic fiat game to push restrictions:
Multiple long gun reporting in Southern States.
Reclassifying ammo to make it easier to restrict.
This is all in response to the fact that 'Fast & Furious' is reaching up to higher and higher personalities in his administration and people are going to start falling. They are trying to distract the media from it w/ dubious and illegal measures.