Did CBS Producer Violate Federal Law in Purchase of an AR-15? [VIDEO]

Did CBS Producer Violate Federal Law in Purchase of an AR-15? [VIDEO]

Did CBS Producer Violate Federal Law in Purchase of an AR-15? [VIDEO]

The media will stop at nothing to show their contempt for the Second Amendment, for firearms, and for the Americans who own them. It’s not the criminals nor the terrorists who are the Bad Guys — no, it’s the awful guns and the knuckle-dragging American morons who insist on owning them. In their book it’s much, much too easy to obtain such Weapons of Mass Destruction.

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To demonstrate their point, a producer at CBS went into a gun shop in Alexandria, VA, to demonstrate that it only took 38 minutes and $1000 to purchase an evil AR-15, some rounds, and an additional magazine. The report also includes the obligatory UCLA law professor to solemnly compare purchase of a weapon to buying a coffee at Starbucks — which is patently ridiculous. I certainly don’t need to provide multiple forms of identification for my latté, even when I order it extra hot with a double shot.

But hold on — could CBS producer Paula Reid have broken federal law in her purchase/sting operation?

Why, yes. It appears she may have.

As the report notes, “The rifle we purchased was legally transferred to a federally licensed firearms dealer and weapons instructor in Virginia, just hours after we bought it.” That may have constituted an illegal straw purchase.

The gun shop, SpecDive Tactical, immediately contacted the ATF after viewing the video, suspecting that Reid procured the purchase of the AR-15 under false pretenses and committed a straw purchase.

Store owner Jerry Rapp said, “The law is very clear. When you knowingly attempt to purchase a firearm with the intent of giving it to another person, you are trying to bypass the legal pathway to firearms ownership. This, in itself, is a very serious crime. I do not see how any member of the press can get away with potentially committing a felony just to boost their ratings and mislead the general public.”


The Supreme Court’s 2014 decision to prohibit firearm straw purchases — the purchase of a gun by one person to give to another — was cheered as a victory for gun control advocates. Now it turns out that this very gun control law may have been violated by the anti-gun media.

The media hoist on their own petard. Don’t you love it?

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  • parker says:

    Nothing will come of this straw purchase. ATF rarely persues straw purchase violators. And when a progressive moron breaks a gun law in the name of promoting more gun control laws he or she becomes a hero.

  • GWB says:

    Why, yes. It appears she may have absolutely, beyond a shadow of a doubt, did.

    It was absolutely a straw purchase, since she never intended to keep the gun. Puhlease, a prog with a gun? How gauche! (Now, in the hands of her hired protective goons is a different story!)

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