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Reporter Tries Buying ‘Assault Rifle’ To Show How Easy It Is, Fails


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#1 Tonto

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Posted June 23 2016 - 01:01 PM

I'd like to know...did he lie on his 4473?

And if so...when is he being arrested?


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Reporter Tries Buying ‘Assault Rifle’ To Show How Easy It Is, Fails

A Chicago journalist attempted to buy an “assault rifle” to demonstrate how easy it was for terrorists to obtain dangerous weapons, only to be left grasping for an explanation when the gun store denied him.

Neil Steinberg of the Chicago Sun-Times decided to head “into the Valley of Death” last week to purchase an AR-15 following the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, Florida. His purpose, he says, was to demonstrate how simple it was and to explore Illinois’ gun laws concerning assault weapons. As soon as he bought the gun, he planned to sell it back to the store he bought it from.

But Steinberg’s effort was stopped halfway by the gun store, which canceled his purchase during Illinois’ required 24-hour waiting period:


At 5:13 Sarah from Maxon called. They were canceling my sale and refunding my money. No gun for you. I called back. Why? “I don’t have to tell you,” she said. I knew that, but was curious. I wasn’t rejected by the government? No. So what is it? “I’m not at liberty,” she said.


Gun dealers do have the right to refuse sales to anyone, usually exercised for people who seem to be straw purchasers. I told her I assume they wouldn’t sell me a gun because I’m a reporter. She denied it. But hating the media is right behind hating the government as a pastime for many gun owners. They damn you for being ignorant then hide when you try to find out.


A few hours later, Maxon sent the newspaper a lengthy statement, the key part being: “it was uncovered that Mr. Steinberg has an admitted history of alcohol abuse, and a charge for domestic battery involving his wife.”


Steinberg can barely contain his outrage in his original column, lashing out at the gun store and assuming (without citing any evidence) that it would gladly sell to a terrorist but only stopped him because he was a reporter.

“I’ll state what I believe the real reason is: Gun manufacturers and the stores that sell them make their money in the dark,” he writes. “Except for the week or two after massacres, the public covers its eyes. Would-be terrorists can buy guns. Insane people can buy guns. But reporters . . . that’s a different story.”

But even though Steinberg speculates about the real reason he was denied, he never contests the reason the gun store gave, namely his history of alcohol abuse and domestic violence. And he hardly could, because he has actually written an entire book detailing his years of severe alcoholism and an incident in which he slapped his wife.

Steinberg’s misadventure was first noted by the blog This Ain’t Hell, which speculated that if Steinberg had successfully made the purchase, the piece would instead have focused on how easy it was for a man with a history of alcoholism and domestic violence to purchase an AR-15.
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Posted June 23 2016 - 01:28 PM

So did he pass the NICS check

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Posted June 23 2016 - 01:45 PM

So did he pass the NICS check

Looks like it never got that far - gun store cancelled the sale based on its knowledge about the buyer.

Edited by Walker1847, June 23 2016 - 01:45 PM.

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Posted June 23 2016 - 01:45 PM

So did he pass the NICS check


Yes, but the local gun shop had somewhat higher standards than the FBI.

What I don't get is why an anti would be upset by this. You would think he would be pleased that an LGS was going above and beyond the requirements of the law to keep guns out of the hands of potentially dangerous people, like wife beating drunks.

Anti-gun "journalists" are a strange bunch. They claim it is "too easy" when one of them with a clean record is able to buy an AR in 7 minutes (would it be better if it took 17 or 27 minutes?) and also cry when a "journalist" with a history of alcohol and spousal abuse is denied a gun.
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Posted June 23 2016 - 01:51 PM

haha, awesome. I love that they sent the information to the paper. Fantastic.
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#6 Tonto

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Posted June 23 2016 - 01:51 PM

So did he pass the NICS check


I haven't seen that he did pass. IL,IIRC, also requires the buyer to have a FOID card....not sure how he could have gotten that with he record.

Edited by Tonto, June 23 2016 - 01:52 PM.

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Posted June 23 2016 - 01:52 PM

I think he should prove his point by taking a trip with his crew through Chicago's gang land to show how easy it is to obtain a weapon! That would be journalism worth reading about... How to become a statistic
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Posted June 23 2016 - 02:06 PM

Looks like it never got that far - gun store cancelled the sale based on its knowledge about the buyer.


Not sure about that. When does the LGS do the NICS check in states with waiting periods? Do they do it at the end of the waiting period or does the NICS check initiate the waiting period? The "journalist" had an Illinois FOID card, so I presume he could pass a NICS check. Probably went into alcohol rehab in lieu of a trial on the wife beating.

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Posted June 23 2016 - 03:04 PM

See! Background checks work, even for filthy alcoholic animals who beat their wives!

I beat my wife all the time...to the big O!!!
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Posted June 23 2016 - 03:57 PM

See! Background checks work, even for filthy alcoholic animals who beat their wives!

I beat my wife all the time...to the big O!!!

TMI
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Posted June 23 2016 - 04:56 PM

Yes, but the local gun shop had somewhat higher standards than the FBI.

What I don't get is why an anti would be upset by this. You would think he would be pleased that an LGS was going above and beyond the requirements of the law to keep guns out of the hands of potentially dangerous people, like wife beating drunks.

Anti-gun "journalists" are a strange bunch. They claim it is "too easy" when one of them with a clean record is able to buy an AR in 7 minutes (would it be better if it took 17 or 27 minutes?) and also cry when a "journalist" with a history of alcohol and spousal abuse is denied a gun.


He is upset because the outcome did not support his narrative. He wanted a barrier free sale and wasn't given one....obviously the POS gun stores fault.
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