Yes, buying a firearm from another individual — at a gun show, in a shooting range parking lot, or in the front seat of your car — is legal in most states, no background check or other paperwork is required. Much to the horror of all branches of the Civilian Disarmament Industrial Complex. The real story here, though, (click the image above to view the video) is this quote from the TV reporterette: “Their goal at the State Attorney’s office is to get as many of the guns off the streets as possible. So by doing that, as you saw, they purchased guns from this teenager more than once. They’ll do that, and not arrest, until they reach a point where they say, ‘Hey, this is so many guns this is getting dangerous. We just gotta get this guy off the street.'” Huh? . . .
The prosecutors where concerned that they were buying up too many guns? Didn’t she just say getting firearms off the street was the goal?
The truth is the State Attorney, in this little operation, was encouraging the commission of more crimes. Rather than arresting the featured teenager — a convicted felon — after he sold them the first gun, they asked him for more. In the report above, after the buyer paid for the SKS, he asked the kid what else he had in stock. The answer: a .22 rifle. Yet he’s back in the car later, this time proffering an attractively appointed semi-auto shotgun.
Ten will get you twenty that, knowing he had a willing customer, the kid in the report stole that shotgun from its lawful owner. Either by breaking into a car or someone’s home. Possibly even in a dangerous home invasion situation. So by not nabbing the kid — and who knows how many others they’re working with — after he sold them his first gun, more firearms are being stolen from their owners at the behest of local prosecutors.
The best way for local cops and prosecutors to address local crime isn’t by focusing on guns. Instead, they need to arrest small-time hoods and gang members, keeping them off the streets so they can’t continue to shoot people (usually each other), victimize law-abiding citizens and steal more guns. Still, it’s good to hear the kid in the report is really regrets what he did.