Houston ATF May Investigate CNN felony
Thanks to a reader, I have copies of emails from an ATF agent who was forwarded the CNN transcript. The email from the ATF agent says:
I have forwarded this to the Houston office. There is no straw purchase since the transaction does not involve a licensed dealer. However the owner did sell a firearm to a non-resident of Texas which is a violation of 18 U.S.C. 922(a)(5).
I should note that it depends on what is meant by “owner.” The owner (or original seller) sold to a Texas resident who gave the weapon to the other reporter. We’ll see.
I’ll update this post with details as more information is confirmed.
Heartless Libertarian wants to make sure this doesn’t go away and is advocating calls to Houston ATF. I have now confirmed that the ATF is aware but people should keep up the pressure.
I think this may be a first SayUncle Exclusive!
Update: Triggerfinger thinks the agent is only partially correct. And, competition aside, my post is the first confirmation that some one at the ATF is aware not the first notice that people are contacting them.
Update 2: Heartless Libertarian points out that the ATF agent in the email is focusing on the seller (presumably the guy who sold the rifle to the CNN person who was a resident of Texas) and not the transfer:
Only problem here is that Griffin, the CNN reporter, and his crew, are in violation of section 922(a)(3) of the same law, which the ATF doesn’t seem to concerned about.
Based on my conversations with legal experts within the firearms industry, CNN did indeed violate at least one, and probably two, federal firearms laws in their reporting of the .50 caliber controversy last week.
Representatives of the industry are currently in touch with the ATF.
More to come.