ATF, Virginia State Police contacted over ‘straw purchase’It sure is hard for a working journalist to keep up with the fast moving targets of pushing the narrative-du-jour. With facts as rare as hens teeth over in the MSM, someone thought it would be a great idea to legally purchase an eeee-veyl assault rifle with the express purpose of legally transferring it to a third party. The idea would be to conduct an "undercover"
"The store, SpecDive Tactical in Alexandria, Virginia, said that when CBS News’ Paula Reid [legally] purchased the rifle she told the store’s general manager the gun was for her own use. However, when CBS reported on the story they revealed the gun was purchased for the story and transferred to a third party a few hours later. “The rifle we purchased was legally transferred to a federally licensed firearms dealer and weapons instructor in Virginia, just hours after we bought it,” the report said."
"The store said they contacted the ATF after viewing the report because they feared the misdirection used by the CBS reporter constituted a straw purchase, which would be a federal crime."
As any sane person involved with the most regulated industry in the country, the store owner smelled a rat and called in the boys in blue.
Again from the article: “Ms. Paula Reid came into the shop with cash, claiming she wished to purchase an AR-15 to, ‘undergo training,’” Ryan Lamke, SpecDive’s general manager, told the Washington Free Beacon. “She refused basic, free instruction of firearms safety under the pretense that she was using the firearm for training with a NRA certified instructor.”
Now, we all know that absolutely nothing will happen to Ms. Reid. She is, after all, a vetted member of the fourth estate that was in the field and caught pushing the narrative. But the story should be a cautionary tale of keeping your b.s. antennae on full alert in everything you do. Especially when it comes to dealing with things that can put you in prison.
If it smells like a rat and looks like a rat and talks like a rat, you should probably believe that it is a rat. These hacks are generally out of their element and are fairly easy to pick out. Professionals are a bit different in that they study the culture and can talk the talk. Invariably they will come to you with the deal of a lifetime. You do so at the peril of your livelihood, family, friends.. Both types, the rank armatures and the hardened professionals, will always come at you sideways. It is the only way they know.