I run a small gun shop, and know the ATF rules and regulations quite well, as I should if I wish to continue in business and stay out of prison. One of those is any sale that we make includes an FFL background check for modern firearms. Any sale ( to quote Obama) “period.” The only exceptions are firearms transferred to another FFL/C&R or an antique.
There is no “gun show loophole.” Any gun enthusiast can tell you this, but virtually every anti-gun person will deny it. The proper term would be a private sale loophole–private sales (under certain circumstances) require no background.
I’ve a liberal friend who denies this to this day. She bought a handgun at a show and declared that she didn’t have a background done. After about 15 minutes of telling her it would only be if the seller was a non-FFL private citizen, she angrily declared, “oh no, he was a dealer. He had scores of new guns on his tables.”
Finally out of frustration I asked, “so you didn’t show any ID nor did you fill out any paper work?”
“Oh yes, I filled out some forms and showed my driver’s license, but he never asked for my permission to run the background.”
She was astonished when I told her that the background was run and her signing the forms was all the permission they needed. But the truth did not matter.
Which brings me to the latest story about the perky Katie Couric and her gun documentary, “Under the Gun.” In an interview, Stephanie Soechtig (a producer) stated that they traveled to Arizona from Colorado, and as non-residents purchased several firearms in a private sale with no background check. And she stated that this was perfectly legal–which it is not. They committed a felony. In my experience as a licensed firearms dealer, charges would have certainly been brought if this were any common citizen.
But my other question is this: why would our authorities NOT be coming down on Ms. Soechtig for publicly stating that a felony act is in fact legal? Isn’t this suborning criminal behavior? At the very least I would think there would be some serious liability associated with such. But then, I’m just a regular Joe: I know the laws–and associated penalties–apply to me. They do not apply to the special ones in the media.