Skip to comments.Easy Access: $5,000 and One Hour Buys 10 Guns
Posted on 04/09/2009 10:13:34 PM PDT by stainlessbanner
in Richmond, Va. -- one of hundreds held every weekend across the state of Virginia and the country. We gave Samaha $5,000 and one hour to see how many guns he could buy, and how many questions he would be asked.
For Samaha, the Glock handgun was a particularly painful purchase. It was the same kind of gun used to kill his sister Reema when she was a freshman at Virginia Tech. Just holding the gun in his hand was difficult. < snip > Samaha walked back into the gun show, and within minutes he was out again, this time carrying a Colt AR 15, a semi-automatic assault weapon very similar to an M16. We asked if there were any questions asked.
Over the course of the hour, Samaha purchased 10 guns: three rifles, four shotguns, one handgun. He could have purchased many more handguns, but he wanted to abide by Virginia State law, which allows the purchase of one handgun per month, and two assault weapons.
Gun rights groups don't want to see the loophole closed because they fear that background checks will hurt business at gun shows, and also threaten privacy rights. They also argue that the Virginia Tech shooter didn't buy his gun at a gun show. < snip >
Even though Samaha immediately turned in all the weapons he bought at the gun show to the Richmond Police Department, Nunziato pointed out that if Samaha had wanted to, he could have caused a lot of damage with the guns he purchased.
"There were three or four police cars in the parking lot [at the gun show]. None of them could have stopped him [Samaha] with the firepower he bought," said Nunziato.
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Yeah, cause in this economy, we are all running around with an extra 5K in our pockets. Let me just take that out of savings or the stock market or home equity. Oh.
No ammo or training though.
I wish ABC would give me that money for a gun show - whoohee!
Hes, azzholes at ABC, that’s what “shall not be infringed” means (except for the one handgun and two “assault weapons” per month limit).
We’ve bought guns at shows up here (VT) and the sellers still have to run a NICS check and you fill out a 4473 just like you do at a shop. The only way you can avoid it is to do a private sale in the parking lot with one of the other attendees and not the FFL table vendors.
Is this different in different states?
That was my thought, too.
Well it is good to know that there is still a level of Constitutionally guaranteed freedom in this country that is sufficient to frighten liberals silly - ohhh wait, silly is their natural state of existence.
Make that “frighten them sillier”...
Wouldn’t this count as straw purchases?
“Nunziato pointed out that if Samaha had wanted to, he could have caused a lot of damage with the guns he purchased.”
He also could have caused a lot of damage with the car he drove or the knives in his kitchen drawer or his fists! Come to think of it, all fists should be banned! Why make one, you don’t need it, we have police to protect us.
What a bunch of self-righteous demagouges, full of posionous bile that spews out daily from their well fed pieholes!
mystery shopper boy turned all the guns into the police....or did he keep one on ABC’s nickel?
What they are trying to imply is that gun shows are an open buyers market with no control. That is a lie. The sales that were described were a person to person sale that had nothing to do with the gun show except for the location.
Each and every table at that gun show that was an FFL license had to have each and every sale to an individual checked in a data base of the Federal Government before the gun sale was complete.
I could also, with 5 thousand dollars,
buy a big ol’ pick-em-up truck and drive into crowds of people with impunity.
Or we could be armed, and any d!ckhe@d who thinks he can take us out would soon have the tables turned on him.
What’s this guys point?
BTW, I’m going to a gunshow in Gaylord, Mi. Saturday.
You can rest assured that no one will come in and try to shoot that place up.
Yes they would be straw purchases. The people who supplied the $5,000 for the shopping trip should be arrested and charged with hiring someone to do straw purchases. The mole should be arrested as well. The only problem is that the mole probably didn't fill out a 4473 and attest that he was the actual purchaser. Nevertheless, the mole agreed to participate as the active agent of the straw purchase. Nobody forced him to make the purchases.
they don’t tell you he did have a background check.
the horror...a legitimate purchase of firearms
somebody play some Bruce Cockburn to settle me down..
My fists are Iron, My sidearm is steel, my Bullets are lead.
If he used that five thousand dollars to buy a used car, how many people could he have run over? We need to close the used car loophole!
The media scratches its head as they lose their ratings, and some their jobs, while making news instead of just reporting it.
Picky, picky! You're probably one of those Global Warming Deniers. :)
He could have purchased many more handguns, but he wanted to abide by Virginia State law, which allows the purchase of one handgun per month, and two assault weapons.
Don’t read the whole article - it will get you work up ever more.
Around here private sellers walk around with signs on their back listing what they have, or on occasion actually have a table. The gun show guys post signs saying you’re not allowed to trade in the parking lot, but I don’t really see how they can enforce it at this particular location.
Awwwww poor Samaha.....if he wasn’t such a pussy he may have been a sheepdog and trained / encouraged his family and friends to take responsibility for their own security his sister and others may have survived that attack !
.... Now he wants everyone else to be a self imposed victim like him. As to his personal demons with a chunk of plastic and metal .......boo !
If he took that $5,000 to the gas station and started filling jerry cans and buying cigarette lighters imagine the harm he could do if he had a mind to. Criminy.
In the State of Washington you join the Washington Arms Collectors Association for $35. If you don’t have a CCW permit they will do a background check on you for $15. Once you are checked out you get a badge and can buy and sell at the gunshow with other members.
But - each member has gone through a background check - either through their CCW permit or the $15 check.
Most of the sellers at the shows are licensed dealers so you go through the paperwork. A few tables are private folks, and a few guys walking around with a rifle with a for sale sign sticking out of the barrel.
BEFORE I READ ANYTHING, PLEASE ESCUSE ME IF I PUKE IN ADVANCE BECAUSE ABC IS A COMMIE GUN-GRABBER-SUPPORTER....
Don’t forget about Samaha.
In CA, you need to use an FFL for every transaction. There is also a 10 day waiting period, a $25 hand gun “safety certificate” and you are limited to one handgun purchase a month.
Oh yeah, any handgun must be on the CA DOJ Approved List.
Don’t ask. Stupidity is an epidemic here.
God I miss my 2nd Amendment Rights.
If only Reema had carried a Glock of her own, things might have been different.
this is seriously an outrage.. 10 guns for $5000?? $500 bucks a gun? highway robbery!!
Good! Let's keep it that way.
Seems to me there’s a straw purchase going on here -
Unless all pistols were private sales and absolutely no paperwork/checks were needed or done.
And private sales at gun shows are the same as private sales thru newspapers - no checks needed.
The present admin. favors NO PRIVATE SALES or transfers regardless of circumstances. And the only way to control this is registration!!
Further restrictions on gun shows is just another step down that ol’ slippery slope. I for one expect to will my guns to my son - and I’ll fight to keep it that way.
Opps - forgot - lost all those guns in an unfortunate boating accident. Oh well.
Too bad they didn't do it in Georgia, which passed a law a few years back, after that new york mayor and scumbag, bloomberg, sent people all over the country doing "Strawman" purchases and then suing the gun shops. its called the "Bloomberg Law".
If they would've done it in GA they would have been going to big boy prison... bummer!
Leftists think like lunatics and they think everyone else is as crazy as they are, so in their ideal world, everyone lives in a locked room with padded walls. The leftist straw purchaser bought some guns and thought, "Look at all the firepower I have! I could shoot 30 people in this room! The cops don't stand a chance against me! The more guns I hold in a bundle in my arms, the more firepower I have! Me so powerful!" Statists have a disordered, infantile view of power and authority. They are paranoid and think only in terms of destruction and domination.
Of course, the average person at the gunshow is thinking different thoughts. A woman is buying a handgun for the first time and taking a gun safey course. A farmer is buying an AR-15 carbine because he needs a good "varmint rifle." A target shooter is buying a .308 caliber "military" rifle because he wants to do long-range shooting. A hunter is buying a shotgun. A collector is buying an old Luger. The farmer is not thinking, "Wow, that AR-15 gives me the power to shoot everyone in the room. Finally, I am somebody!" The person buying the Luger is thinking, "Wow, this gun is expensive but is has its original finish and the parts match." He is not thinking about shooting the person next to him. The woman is not planning on starting her own gang and shooting up the town.
In the statist mentality, a gun is a totem of power , and only agents of the idealized state, not the mere citizen, should have such power. The state is thus to the leftist ideally over and above the people and never from and with the people. So the infantile leftist did a "bad" thing by holding in his hands even one gun. For he knows he is a mere infant and it is not his place to do something "adult" like have a gun. Fortunately, the good leftist turned in these totems of power to the benevolent state. The state will destroy these guns, and the leftist will feel affirmed in his infantilism. However, the leftist rages that everyone is not as infantile as he is.
Of course, asshole, they are in the parking lot, minutes away. But one or more gun holders nearby would have put a few in his chest or his head, rendering the rest of his armaments quite ineffective.
he probably saved a lot on that $500/ gun buying the shotguns- which were probably mossberg 500 or rem 870s. you can buy those all day for $200.
Time to move, man. Come out to Indiana. Cheap land, cheap homes, and light restrictions on firearm ownership. Over Thanksgiving, I was thinking about how thankful I was for my second amendment rights, so I went to the gun show that we had that weekend. Bought a 1911, and it took less than ten minutes from the time I said "sold" until the time I walked out with it--and that includes the time it took the guy to call the credit card company for approval on my card.
And, by the way, that's without any permit.
The state will destroy these guns
better bet will be that a couple cops will have new items in their personall collections at best...or extra throwdowns for the next 'swat shoots granny in bed' headlined B&E...
ABC news discovers that in a free market you can buy things with money? This is a definite step in the right direction.