Remember that Oregon pastor who used his church’s money to buy raffle tickets for an AR-15 because he wanted to get that gun off the street? So he transferred it to a friend for safekeeping, a clear violation of the new Oregon background check law. Yeah, him.
Turns out, he was cleared because the police didn’t look very hard:
Officials were investigating whether Rev. Jeremy Lucas may have violated a recent state law that makes transferring a gun without a background check illegal, even if the arrangement is between private parties and no money changes hands.
But investigators uncovered no evidence that Lucas, 45, actually transferred the gun and never determined the name of the gun-owning friend, Clackamas County District Attorney John Foote said in a letter to the Oregon State Police.
The letter was written Sept. 9 and made public Thursday by state police.
Lucas didnt speak with investigators, state police said in a statement.
Without the transferee in this case, I dont think we could ever have a prosecutable case, Foote wrote.
Didn’t even ask him? I say put him in jail for it so he can lecture me from his cell about lax gun laws.