But for its own bureaucratic incompetence, Massachusetts would have joined Maryland, New Jersey, California and Virginia in restricting gun buyers to one weapon per month. For what possible reason? To stop so-called “straw purchases”: legal buyers re-selling guns to people whose criminal past disqualifies them from buying a firearm. On the face of it, the limitation seems like a good idea. In practice, it doesn’t make one iota of difference to the flow of illegal guns to n’er-do-wells (and annoys more civic-minded citizens who like/need to buy guns). Case in point: centraljersey.com reports that the cops have nabbed a New Jersey gun runner purchasing weapons from . . . wait for it . . . Virginia . . .
An East Windsor man was one of nine men indicted on gun trafficking charges late last week. Amoi Smith, 21, of Chestnut Willows Apartments, was accused along with four Virginia men of aiding Trayle Beasley, 29, of Trenton, who lead a network that trafficked guns from the Eastern Shore of Virginia to Trenton, said the indictment released May 27. Mr. Smith, who remained at large Thursday, allegedly traveled to Virginia with Mr. Beasley on trips to get guns. Mr. Beasley was allegedly selling guns to drug dealers and gang members in Trenton, and preferred dealing in revolvers because they do not leave shell casings at crime scenes.
Why Virginia? Whatever the reason, it sure as hell has nothing to do with he state’s “gun rationing” laws, now does it?