Straw sales of Title II toys

Ry nails this one:

The private military company Blackwater has found an unusual way to skirt federal laws that prohibit private parties from buying automatic weapons. Blackwater bought 17 Romanian AK-47s and 17 Bushmasters, gave ownership of the guns to the Camden County sheriff and keeps most of the guns at Blackwater’s armory in Moyock.

Unusual, as in, illegal. Not only are these straw purchases, but they’re straw purchases of Title II firearms. Good for me, not for thee.

One might conclude this little arrangement might not last much longer:

The agreement between Blackwater and the Sheriff’s Office could be an illegal straw purchase, said Richard Myers, a law professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. A straw purchase, Myers said, is when one person fills out the federal firearms registration form to obtain a weapon for another person’s use.

“I prosecuted several when I was with the U.S. attorney,” Myers said. “If I were Blackwater’s attorney, I would be concerned about whether this is a genuine purchase or a straw purchase.”

Sheriff Perry said he did not consult a lawyer about the agreement until recently, when the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and the FBI inquired about the arrangement.

My guess is the Feds will “decline to prosecute” and ignore the whole thing. Those laws weren’t really intended to apply to everyone. Just the people the Feds want to keep in their place.

It would amuse me if the Feds do push the issue and Blackwater and friends (the local sheriff) use the Heller decision to defend themselves. They would be a great “poster child” for our side on this issue.

2 thoughts on “Straw sales of Title II toys

  1. Oddly I know one of Blackwater’s lawyers from a different gig, stand up guy.

    Anyhow, sure they are bending the rules. Nobody thought that PMC’s would become legitimate enterprises. Blackwater/TC/etc. are not “The Wild Geese” but rather subcontractors of the government. The laws just aren’t set up for pseudo-government operations. Law enforcement gets exemptions from a lot of gun laws, by specific exemptions. Yeah it is certainly a little shady.

    BTW: Since we are both in Seattle a fair bit we should link up for dinner some time.

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