California’s Democrat Senator Kamala Harris started out as a deputy district attorney in Oakland. In a job like that, she no doubt dealt with a lot of firearms-related crimes and prosecutions.
She was then elected to the lofty post of Attorney General of the Golden State. That’s the state with the strictest gun laws in the nation, if you’re keeping score.
With her time as both a prosecutor and then as the state’s chief law enforcement officer, you’d think that she’d have had the opportunity to learn some of the basics about how America’s gun control laws work.
You’d be wrong.
Yesterday, Senator Harris blurted out this tweet to demonstrate her anti-gun bona fides. Or something.
Guns shouldn’t be a click away for any domestic terrorist with a laptop. The new executive action I announced this week will help close the online sales loophole. As president, I will act to keep guns out of the wrong hands.
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) August 17, 2019
Thank goodness! Finally someone is DOING SOMETHING!
There’s only one problem with this, of course. As just about anyone who reads this blog knows, there is no online sales loophole.
No one — anywhere in the United States — can order a gun online and take possession of it without undergoing a federal background check.
That’s because no online gun seller will send a firearm directly to the buyer. That’s against the law. All guns must be shipped to a federal firearms license holder so the purchaser can complete the required form 4473 and undergo a NICS check.
In some states, there’s then a waiting period before you take possession of your purchase.
If people are buying firearms via the internet and having them shipped directly without undergoing the background check process, they’re already breaking the law. Which means whatever it is Senator Harris has in mind should she be elected president is superfluous.
Again, anyone who’s held the kind of prosecutorial and law enforcement positions that Harris has should know all about the
hurdles requirements that are in place for purchasing a firearm in this country.
That she doesn’t know the basics after her time in positions of direct responsibility — or is happily lying about it — should be news in and of itself.