A CBS News producer who was in charge of a misleading hit piece designed to show how easy it would be to buy an AR-15 for illegal purposes might now face jail time for, well, buying an AR-15 for illegal purposes.
According to The Daily Caller, Arlington, Virginia, gun store SpecDive Tactical filed an accusation with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives over producer Paula Reid’s decision to buy a firearm without answering truthfully as to whether she was going to transfer it to a third party.
“As for the rifle we legally purchased, it was transferred to a federally licensed firearm dealer and weapons instructor in Virginia following state law within hours of us purchasing the weapon,” said “CBS This Morning” reporter Kris Van Cleeve during the segment.
CBS also reported that the gun was purchased in 38 minutes. What they didn’t mention was the fact that she had told the gun shop the weapon was for herself.
ATF form 4473, which must be filled out under federal law, asks: “Are 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.”
Based on that, a statement from SpecDive Tactical says that they “formally filed an accusation with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and Virginia State Police today against CBS News and more specifically Ms. Paula Reid, whom SDT believes purchased a firearm under false pretenses for her employer, CBS News.
“Ms. Paula Reid came into the shop with cash, claiming she wished to purchase an AR-15 to, ‘undergo training.’ She refused basic, free instruction of firearms safety under the pretense that she was using the firearm for training with a NRA certified instructor,” the statement continued.
“Due 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,” the statement concluded.
And Reid isn’t just going to get a slap on the wrist, either. Punishment for falsification of ATF form 4473 can include “up to 10 years imprisonment and/or up to a $250,000 fine.” Hope CBS is willing to wait that long.
“The law is very clear,” Jerry Rapp, owner and director of SpecDive Tactical, explained. “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,” he said.
I guess we’ll see about that.
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