damnum absque injuria

February 20, 2005

The Most Busted Name in News

Filed under:   by Xrlq @ 4:26 pm

Jed and Kevin catch CNN violating a federal law. Apparently, in their zeal to promote gun control, the Clinton News Network sent a Georgia reporter to Texas to purchase a .50 BMG rifle from a private party, and then brought the rifle back to Georgia. The violation is innocent enough, as .50 BMG rifles are legal in 49 states, and the 50th one sure as hell isn’t Texas or Georgia. However, innocence is no excuse for a violation of the law, and while the sale itself probably did not violate any law, bringing the gun back to Georgia almost certainly did. 18 U.S.C. 922(a)(3) provides as follows:

It shall be unlawful . . . for any person, other than a licensed importer, licensed manufacturer, licensed dealer, or licensed collector to transport into or receive in the State where he resides (or if the person is a corporation or other business entity, the State where it maintains a place of business) any firearm purchased or otherwise obtained by such person outside that State, except that this paragraph (A) shall not preclude any person who lawfully acquires a firearm by bequest or intestate succession in a State other than his State of residence from transporting the firearm into or receiving it in that State, if it is lawful for such person to purchase or possess such firearm in that State, (B) shall not apply to the transportation or receipt of a firearm obtained in conformity with subsection (b)(3) of this section, and (C) shall not apply to the transportation of any firearm acquired in any State prior to the effective date of this chapter[.]

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