Area Gun Dealer Pretty Sure That New Two-Per-Customer Law Won't Solve Border Violence

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An edict from the Justice Department to the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives paved the way Monday for tighter regulation of repeat purchases of semi-automatic rifles with detachable magazines in border states.

The feds' faces were liberally slathered with egg in May after a bunch of assault weapons they "gun-walked" across the border with the intent of tracking their movements to Mexican drug cartels vanished, then ended up at a few crime scenes -- including one where a Border Patrol agent was shot to death.

The new rule requires gun dealers in California, New Mexico, Arizona and Texas to report anyone who buys more than two of these weapons in a five-day period. Rep. Lamar Smith referred to the new rules as "the height of hypocrisy" in the wake of the Operation Fast and Furious scandal. "This rule unfairly punishes citizens in Border States who have the right to purchase firearms to protect themselves and their families from dangerous drug traffickers and human smugglers," he said.

That's not a surprising stance for a legislator who's taken more than $8 million from the National Rifle Association, which says it's going to sue the Obama administration over the rule. But what about some local players with real skin in the game?

Unfair Park hit up a couple of Dallas dealers to get their takes, among them Ed Early, a salesman over at Jackson Armory, regarded in this town as one of the finest purveyors of rare, antique weaponry and, yes, bad-ass semi-autos with magazines. Early couldn't muster much more than a verbal shrug. "If that's what it is, I don't think it will affect our business much," he said.

Gay Frazer, who's run Frazer Brothers with her husband Bruce for some 30 years, describes herself as a 67-year-old, 6-foot blond who packs a .357 revolver. She had a more nuanced opinion -- one that essentially covered every angle of the gun control debate, from the encroachment of Second-Amendment freedoms to the futility of control.

"It would be ridiculous if you didn't report it," she said. "Either they're arming a paramilitary group, or they're going off into the woods to wait it out, or they're selling it to their homeboy. You see what a silly law that is: Huh, you want five of these?"

But really, she added, what the hell is the point?

"The drug people, the arms people, they don't fool with mules going across the border," she said. "Some of these arms guys have jets. They literally have submarines. We're not talking about running four or five across the border. These people deliver 100. If someone comes across the border and buys an AK-47 and pays a thousand to take it across border, an arms dealer can get him one from Syria for 100 bucks."

Or from a Dallas crackhead for $50.

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rumpunch
rumpunch

What is really interesting, is that even if the FFL reports the sale, the ATF will do nothing with it.  The system currently in place wherein reputable dealers reported suspicious purchases, was ignored.

Ms. Frazer makes really good point in that the cartels do not generally buy our legal semi-auto rifles in large quanities.  Not to say they do not buy them at all, however they would rather have fully automatic weapons purchased at cheap prices from third world countries or from AWOL Mexican Army soldiers.

Montemalone
Montemalone

Praze betuh jeebus.

We gotta sell them guns so we can fight off them drug dealers, plus we gotta hunt.Ain't no better way to shoota squirrel than with 50 rounds a minute.

Sheeeeeut, whyda fucks uncle sam gotta know whose got gunz?

Goddamm con-stee-tooshun fuckin guarandammteeez me the right to bare arms, no wait, bear arms, wait, fuck, I don't got no bear arms.

Anywho,

We all know gunz don't kill people, bullets do.

Oak Cliff Townie
Oak Cliff Townie

Blazing Saddles frontier gibberish comes to mind. 

DoubleOJoe
DoubleOJoe

Reverend.

TheRealKPB
TheRealKPB

I am particulary glad that these lovely children are here today to hear that speech. Not only was it authentic frontier gibberish, it expressed the courage little seen in this day and age.

guest
guest

WHY aren't you guys talking about DeSoto ISD's superintendent, Kathy Augustine, getting suspended because she's a suspect in the Georgia cheating scandal???? http://news.yahoo.com/official...

Nachoman
Nachoman

Because no one gives a fuck about "Hotlanta"

scottindallas
scottindallas

nor DeSoto

randy
randy

I just hope DISD doesn't hear about her or they'll offer her more money to resign and come to Dallas...

P1Steven
P1Steven

UNfair trys to stick to mostly DISD.....

Justin Julian
Justin Julian

Legal theater.  Issue a completely illegal and unconstitutional order to make it seem like they're honestly concerned about the issue they helped make much, much worse, get the press for it while knowing it'll never have any effect.  Pure theatrics, no substance whatsoever.  Besides, like Frazer points out above: gun control laws don't do squat against criminals.  Criminals break laws...that's why they're criminals.  

Phelps
Phelps

Congress has explicitly rejected laws creating limits on quantity in gun purchases. This seems like a naked violation of the separation of powers.

Also, singling out border states sounds like an unequal application of the law and therefore a due process violation.

Tl;dr version: its unconstitutional, top to bottom.

3rd Wheel Marketing
3rd Wheel Marketing

All that shit is pointless. If you go to Big Town or Market Hall gun shows there are probably 5 guns sold "off paper" to every one sold by an FFL dealer. This other shit is window dressing so people afraid of guns will be pacified into thinking the government is controlling something. They do shit like this and make scary looking guns illegal when you can do at least as much damage with a traditional hunting rifle. 

Tim Covington
Tim Covington

1. How many times have you been to a gun show? What you are describing is the exact opposite of my experience. I go to gun shows 3-4 times each year. What you described is the exact opposite of what I have observed. It is also contrary to FBI Uniform Crime Report Statistics and studies. (Firearm Use by Offenders, Bureau of Justice Statistics, February 2002). About 50% of the vendors at gun shows are not selling firearms, and this statistic is often misconstrued to mean that they are selling firearms "off paper." But, this is just not true.2. A private seller puts him/herself at a greater legal risk when making a sale through a dealer. This is because federal law limits how many firearms a person may sell this way in a year and it is a felony to knowingly sell a firearm to a prohibited individual (felons, underage, not a resident of the state they are in and a few other things).

P1Steven
P1Steven

Guns dont kill people, but Casey Annthony does!

scottindallas
scottindallas

never proven, never even attempted to prove.  She apparently covered up the death of the child, but never was there any evidence presented that showed a method or means for murder of the child.  In fact, I thought the evidence supported drowning.  Could a negligent mother cover-up her negligence, certainly, but that doesn't make her a murderer.

scottindallas
scottindallas

I don't support prohibition of gun sales.  It doesn't really seem to be a problem that automatic rifles are being used in hold-ups--a handgun or shotgun are perfectly adequate.  I know some gun freaks, they're good people mostly; I like knowing they are packing.  I opposed the concealed carry bill under gov. Bush, I was wrong.  It hasn't proven to be a big problem.

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