After the release of the anti-gun documentary Under the Gun, those in the movie’s production, including Katie Couric and Stephanie Soechtig, were slammed for the deceptive editing designed to make law-abiding gun owners look bad. Though Soechtig apologizes, vocal 2nd Amendment advocate and radio/TV personality Dana Loesch pointed out that she may owe us more than that: she may owe us jail time.
“We sent a producer out and he is from Colorado and he went to Arizona and he was able to buy a Bushmaster and then three other pistoles without a background check in a matter of four hours. And that’s perfectly legal,” Soechtig recently told Ammoland TV.
- Interstate transfer: for a purchaser to acquire a firearm outside their state of residence – in this case, Colorado – the transfer must go through a licensed firearms dealer in the purchaser’s state of residence [18 U.S.C 922(a)(3); 27 CFR 478.29].
- Straw purchase: one individual may not make the purchase of a firearm in someone else’s name [18 U.S.C. 922(a)(5)].
Soechtig has admitted that she sent a producer across state lines with instructions to purchase a firearm on her behalf, which violates straw purchase laws. Unless this producer was also a licensed firearm dealer, interstate transfer laws were also probably violated.
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