While I was out of town visiting family, TTAG occasional contributor Chris Heuss was taking care of my very large and dreadfully intimidating dogs. Which are definitely not actually a pair of 22-pound cats who sleep an hour per pound per day. Anyway . . .
Chris needed to get something that I had stuffed in my gun safe. I wanted him to get in there and retrieve it (as shamefully, ridiculously messy as the inside of my safe is) and was about to call him with the combination. And then I realized what that would mean.
You see, my safe contains all manner of NFA-regulated and -registered items. Under the laws imposed by our benevolent federal legislators, merely giving Chris the combination to the safe would put him in legal possession of everything therein.
Never mind borrowing any of those regulated items, let alone so much as touching one of them. Just having the opportunity and ability to access the safe without my direct presence would have put Chris in illegal possession of an NFA item. Well, items.
That, as you may know, is a 10-year federal prison sentence sort of a felony and a fine of up to $250,000. For him? For me? For both of us? One thing I know for sure is that neither of us wants to find out.
So Chris remains without the combination. And without the item he needed. But we both remain free. So much freedom.