Move over, Eason Jordan
Matt reports that CNN wanted to conduct their hit-piece on the 50 caliber so badly that they violated the law to obtain the story. He has a follow up on the story noting that CNN traveled out of state and purchased a 50 caliber rifle in a private sale (which is not illegal). Then transported the rifle across state lines. This is in violation of the 18 U.S.C. section 922(a)(3).
CNN outright misled the public by acting as though the purchase of this firearm was conducted within the law. It wasn’t. Someone should go to jail.
Best pun goes to XRLQ with: The Most Busted Name in News
Update: As Xrlq points out, the purchase from a non-dealer is not a straw purchase as those can only be done through a dealer. However, CNN likely used a Texas resident to convince the seller that the purchase was legal.
Update 2: Matt has more on the illegalities of the situation. Now, do I think this reporter committed a hideous crime? No. He merely didn’t go about it right and have all his paperwork in line. He could have bought through an FFL without running afoul of the law. However, failure to fill out forms has resulted in ATF folks storming houses with machine guns and stomping kittens. It’s a silly law but the press is no better than you or me.