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It is possible that a CBS reporter made an illegal gun purchase in order to do a story on buying firearms, at least that is the charge made by the gun store where the reporter bought her firearm.
Early this week CBS News’ Paula Reid purchased an AR-15 rifle at SpecDive Tactical in Alexandria, Virginia. She made the purchase for a “CBS This Morning” segment aired on Thursday morning. But now the gun store has filed a complaint with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives charging that Reid broke the law when she filled out the federally required paper work as she made the purchase.
As The Washington Free Beacon notes, during Reid’s report, she says, “The rifle we purchased was legally transferred to a federally licensed firearms dealer and weapons instructor in Virginia, just hours after we bought it.”
But this purchase, the gun store owner says, was not as legal as CBS claims. It is in essence a straw purchase because Reid said on her paper work that the rifle was for her own use. She basically lied on her legally required paperwork.
“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,” Jerry Rapp, the gun shop’s owner, 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,” Rapp added. “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.”
— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) June 17, 2016
Ryan Lamke, SpecDive’s general manager, also noted the woman refused to take any training on the purchase.
“Ms. Paula Reid came into the shop with cash, claiming she wished to purchase an AR-15 to, ‘undergo training,'” Lamke said. “She refused basic, free instruction of firearms safety under the pretense that she was using the firearm for training with a NRA certified instructor.”
Radio talker and well-known advocate for the Second Amendment Dana Loesch slammed CBS for the deceitful “news” report.
Another anti-gun media entity breaks federal gun laws to lecture to Americans. Prosecute them to the fullest extent. https://t.co/OtlrVKbLcQ
— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) June 17, 2016
Naturally, CBS insists that its actions were completely legal.
This isn’t the first time a TV reporter broke the law in an attempt to do a story impugning America’s Second Amendment.
Just this week a columnist for the Philadelphia Daily News apparently violated state and federal firearms laws for the purpose of an article and in 2012 NBC’s David Gregory broke gun laws in Washington D.C. in order to get a “gotcha moment” over NRA chief Wayne La Pierre on the network’s Sunday show, “Meet The Press.”
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