SpecDive Tactical of Alexandria, Virginia, claims a CBS News employee violated federal law in an effort to prove it is easy to acquire an AR-15.
CBS Newsâ Paula Reid bought the rifleâtelling âthe storeâs general manager the gun was for her own use.â But hours after purchasing the gun she allegedly âtransferred it to a third party.â
According to the Washington Free Beacon, CBS This Morning reported, âThe rifle we purchased was legally transferred to a federally licensed firearms dealer and weapons instructor in Virginia, just hours after we bought it.â The problem with this is that ATF background check form 4473 says: âAre you the actual transferee/buyer of the firearm(s) listed on this form? Warning: You are not the actual buyer if you are acquiring the firearm(s) on behalf of another person. If you are not the actual buyer, the dealer cannot transfer the firearm(s) to you.â
SpecDive Tactical contacted the ATF after the story aired on CBS, letting the agency know they feared a âstraw purchaseâ may have occurred. The storeâs general manager Ryan Lamke said, âDue to the information provided in the CBS News report filed today, I suspect Ms. Reid committed a straw purchase and procurement of a firearm under false pretenses.â
In March 2013 Breitbart News reported that Mark KellyâGabby Giffordâs husbandâwas denied an AR-15 purchase at Diamondback Police Supply due to similar âstraw purchaseâ concerns. Kelly went into Diamond Police Supply to show how easy it is to get a gun and after initially being denied a handgun saleâdue to wrong IDâhe was denied an AR-15 sale because he told media outlets he was not buying the gun for himself.
AWR Hawkins is the Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News and political analyst for Armed American Radio. Follow him on Twitter: @AWRHawkins. Reach him directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.