Sunday, April 07, 2013

Obeying the law is no protection

From an email sent by RDM73:

I was reading theChicago Tribune online this morning and came across a short Reuters article that should make us all tremble.
The article says the federal government has revoked the license of the gun store that sold a firearm to the mother of Adam Lanza, the 20-year-old who shot up the elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut, last December. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms will not say why the license was revoked just days after the shooting. The news has only just come out.
The article ends by noting the guns Lanza used “were all legally purchased and registered.” Does the government shut down car dealers who legally sell cars to people who later use them in drug dealing, murders, rapes, kidnappings, bank robberies, prostitution, and other crimes?
Why hasn’t the government shut down the car dealer who sold the car that Lanza used to drive to the school to commit his crime? It’s almost impossible to imagine Lanza would have been able to get to that school without a car. Almost surely he’d have been stopped if he had been walking down a sidewalk in broad daylight carrying an AR-15 rifle, two handguns, multiple magazines for the rifle and the handguns, and hundreds of rounds of ammo.


Chris Mallory said...

This story makes it sound like one of the store's employees was running a scam on the store and stealing guns.

Not knowing 11 firearms are missing from inventory will make the ATFeebs a bit testy.

Fuzzy in AZ said...

Odds are that they revoked the gun shop's FFL due to a paperwork discrepancy. All it takes is someone filling out the form incorrectly (wrong state abbreviation, wrong zip, misspelled city/town name, etc.) and the feds can "legally" revoke an FFL due to poor recordkeeping. Hell, you can lose your FFL just for storing the firearms forms in the wrong sort of container. Can we nuke D.C. now...anyone? Please?