I shared with y’all my latest addition to my firearms collection, courtesy of the impeccable professionals at the Kahr Firearms Group (special shout out to Jodi Deporter). I now have an Auto-Ordnance M1A1 Thompson SBR (short barrel rifle) Semi-Automatic .45 cal carbine. But, the sad thing is that I am not in possession of my Thompson. A certified FFL gun store is.
Yes, you see, I must pay the federal government a permission tax in order to acquire a “tax stamp” at a cost of $200, so I can possess and bring home my Thompson semi-automatic rifle. Many of you may ask why? Well, it is because the barrel length is under 16″ it is only 10.5.” So, some chucklehead far away in the bowels of the DC swamp came up with the idea that I had to pay an additional permission tax to the federal government to own what is rightfully mine, and for which I passed yet another BATF Form 4473 background check.
Along with my $200, I must submit two fingerprint cards and two passport photos. That seems stupid because those things are on file with the BATF because they made me pay a permission tax for my noise suppressor for my Spikes Tactical Crusader model AR-15, another semi-automatic rifle. Yes, I bought the suppressor, but could not take it home with me until my permission request form was completed . . . which took just short of a year.
So, here we go again. For no other reason than my weapon has a short barrel, I have to beg the federal government for permission by way of a form of taxation levied against me by a bureaucrat. Talk about an infringement upon my Second Amendment right!
This is why when I hear the progressive socialist left talk about universal background checks, I just roll my eyes. These idiots, many of whom have never owned a firearm, or gone through the purchase and background checks process are speaking from their fourth point of contact. Just recently there was a story to prove my hypothesis.
As reported in the Business Insider (written by Hayley Peterson who thought she could just waltz into a Walmart and depart with a firearm):
“The availability of guns at Walmart has become a hotly debated issue in the wake of two deadly shootings at its stores that killed 24 people.
More than 128,000 people have signed a petition urging Walmart to stop selling guns and take a stronger stance against firearms since the shootings at stores in El Paso, Texas, and Southaven, Mississippi. But the company has said it has no plans to stop selling them.
I went to Walmart with the intention of buying a gun last week as part of an investigation into the placement, selection, marketing, and security of firearms in Walmart’s stores, and to learn more about the retailer’s processes governing gun sales. My journey to bring a gun home from Walmart turned out to be far more complicated than I expected.”
I recommend you read the entire article but I will summarize it for you. This young lady wanted to prove that buying a gun at a Walmart was as easy as getting over-the-counter medications. She quickly found out her asinine beliefs were wrong. First of all, she had a very difficult time tracking down a Walmart in her area of northern Virginia that sold firearms. It was a process that took her over two hours, but she found a store in Chesterfield.
She then proceeded to that store to buy a gun, as she states, but to her chagrin, she could not do so because the individual certified and trained to sell firearms was not at work that day. After a few minutes, a Walmart manager arrived at the gun-sales counter.
“She said I could not buy a gun that day because no authorized firearm sellers were scheduled to work. She said I could come back to buy a gun on Thursday, two days later. A Walmart spokesman later told me that to sell firearms, employees must pass both an enhanced criminal background check and annual online training, provided by Walmart, that includes a mock gun transaction. Walmart also complies with state-specific requirements where applicable. Illinois, for example, requires people who sell guns to have a firearm-owner identification card, issued by state police.”
So, lesson to the left: only those with a FFL license, or certified by law enforcement, are allowed to sell firearms, anyone else is a criminal dealer.
Now, deterred from achieving her goal, Ms. Peterson went back to the drawing board and found another Walmart, and proceeded to that store. Yes, there was a certified individual who could sell her a firearm, but the woman immediately called for a backup person. As I always say, “one person does, another person checks.” That is how it goes when you purchase a firearm, lefties, another person must check the forms to ensure they are properly completed before submission.
“Signs posted around the counter announced that all firearm and ammunition sales were final and that items could not be returned or exchanged for a refund or repair. One sign warned that this area of the store was being recorded. Another reminded shoppers of the laws around gun sales. There were no signs promoting or advertising the guns.”
Well, Ms. Peterson filled out her BATF Form 4473 and it came back denied! Yes, her addresses did not match and she was informed that she had to go back and return with certified proof of her address, residence.
“The [BATF 4473] form asked several obvious questions: my name, address, and Social Security number. It also asked about my race, gender, and US citizenship status. Under a section called “certification of transferee,” it asked about my criminal record — whether I had ever been convicted of a felony, subject to a restraining order, or prohibited from purchasing a firearm, among other specifics. In red print, the form said that “an untruthful answer may subject you to criminal prosecution.”
“The seller told me that my background check would likely be completed within a few minutes after I finished the paperwork. Once the purchase was finalized, an employee would walk the gun out to my car with me. But I had only just finished printing my name when she stopped me and asked whether the address on my license matched my home address. I had moved since I obtained my license, and the addresses didn’t match.”
That was a problem, she said.
“To pass the background check, I would need to bring in a government-issued document with my correct address, such as a bill from a state-owned utility or a car registration. (I have never bought a gun, so I wasn’t aware of this.) She apologized, told me the rules were strict around background checks and asked me to come back another time to finish the purchase.”On '#guncontrol:' We do not need any more laws on the books, we just need to adhere to the laws which already exist. Criminals do not abide by the law, only law-abiding citizens do. #2A Click To Tweet
Guess what? She did not get to purchase a firearm. So, again, here is my assertion: we do not need any more laws on the books, we just need to adhere to the laws which exist. Criminals do not abide by the law, only law-abiding citizens do.
In many cases with these mass shootings, the individual was able to purchase a firearm because some government bureaucrat failed to update the background checks system.
Maybe the reason is that they are too doggone busy processing my “permission tax” — mine, and others’ — to possess what is legally and lawfully ours . . . using a form of government extortion, $200, to achieve that goal!
Photo credit M & R Photography
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During his 22 year career in the United States Army, Lieutenant Colonel West served in several combat zones and received many honors including a Bronze Star, three Meritorious Service Medals, three Army Commendation Medals, one with Valor device, and a Valorous Unit Award.
In November of 2010, Allen was elected to the United States Congress, representing Florida’s 22nd District.
West is a commissioned officer in the Texas State Guard. He’s Fox News Contributor, former Director of the Booker T. Washington Initiative at the Texas Public Policy Foundation, Senior Fellow at the Media Research Center, contributing columnist for Townhall.com, and author of Guardian of the Republic: An American Ronin’s Journey to Family, Faith and Freedom, and, Hold Texas, Hold the Nation: Victory or Death, and the forthcoming We Can Overcome.