The director of Katie Couric’s deviously edited gun documentary Stephanie Soechtig admitted having one of her employees break federal gun laws.
By now, most are familiar with the manipulative editing that took place in Katie Couric’s gun documentary Under the Gun. If you’re not, long story short, answers were edited out, and silence was edited in for the purpose of making gun owners look speechless and stupid following a question by Couric about guns and background checks. You can read about it here and here.
While that was obviously underhanded and manipulative, it wasn’t illegal. If it were illegal, the news media as we know it today wouldn’t be allowed to exist, because that is pretty much the way they operate on a regular basis.
But as it turns out, the gun documentary wasn’t produced without a few federal gun laws getting broken in the process. Watch this little clip, and see if you can spot the federal gun laws that director Soechtig – sitting on the left in the interview below – admits to breaking:
Just because one can do something with no immediate repercussions, doesn’t mean it must be legal. She might as well have ordered her employee to rob a bank and escape before the cops showed up to prove that it could be done, and conclude that it was totally legal.
Purchasing firearms across state lines without a federal firearms licensee (FFL) in the buyer’s home state and without obtaining a background check is illegal. If what Soechtig said was true, that she sent a producer, who lived in Colorado, to Arizona to purchase a Bushmaster – yes, the “assault rifle” allegedly used by Adam Lanza in Newtown (gasp!) – and three pistols without a background check, that is illegal. And on top of that, this employee was purchasing these four firearms on behalf of Stephanie Soechtig. They call that a straw purchase. That’s also illegal.
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“…[A] producer who resides in Colorado cannot legally buy a gun in Arizona unless that gun is shipped to an FFL in Colorado, whereby that FFL confirms that the Colorado resident can legally own that firearm [i.e. background check]. The Colorado resident who bought the gun from someone in Arizona cannot take possession of that gun until the Colorado FFL receives the gun from Arizona and confirms that the Colorado buyer can legally own that weapon. Once that happens, the Colorado FFL would transfer possession of the gun to the Colorado buyer.”
Whether you like the gun laws or not is not the issue. They are laws currently, and it looks like Stephanie Soechtig admitted – albeit unknowingly perhaps – to violating federal gun laws by ordering one of her producers to cross state lines and purchase four separate firearms from a non-FFL, without a background check. All she proved was that she was as ignorant of the law as she attempted to make those gun owners look in her deceptively edited documentary.