SailorCurt of Captain of a Crew of One is spreading the news. The Virginia Citizens Defense League (VCDL) is arranging a "welcome" protest for Mayor Bloomberg of New York City when he makes an appearance in Washington, D.C. on January 23. Mr. Mayor is sponsoring a "national summit" of his Mayors' Coalition Against Illegal Guns.
Boston Mayor, Tom Menino, is part of this little band of unmerry men. He’s used his position to attack New Hampshire as being a gun supplier for Boston’s criminals. More significantly, Bloomberg has sent private investigators to gun shops in other states hoping to trick them into selling to a straw purchaser.
A straw purchase is when a person who cannot legally own guns has someone who can pass a NICS check buy a gun for him. Bloomberg’s little team of private investigators would team a man and a woman to enter a gun store and the man would do all the talking, inspecting, and then motion the woman over to actually buy a gun.
A straw purchase is against the law, but it is not against the law for a more knowledgeable person to inspect a gun for a newbie friend or spouse and help select a gun for their first purchase. Telling the difference between an honest person and a straw purchaser is an art not a science.
Some gun stores refused to make the sale, others didn’t. Bloomberg’s crew sued the gunmakers who made the sale and a few settled rather than spend a fortune on legal fees. Others are fighting Bloomberg. And where’s the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in all this? They’re not happy with Bloomberg who may have messed up an investigation or two and Bloomberg’s investigators may have broken the law with their little stunts.
There is a lot to protest where Bloomberg is concerned, so if you can attend please do so.