At least that’s what they say. When I read hysterical machinations such as this, I can’t be convinced. What has Dan Gross so hysterical is this incident in D.C. Basically what seems to have happened was hipster D.C. dude orders a new TV from an Amazon affiliate. Said affiliate must also ship firearms, and had intended a Sig 716 to a Pennsylvania FFL. But instead of shipping the 716 to the FFL, they shipped it to the Hipster in D.C. Hilarity ensues. No word on whether a Pennsylvania FFL was confused about why he received a television. Sounds like someone slapped the TV shipping label on the wrong box to me.
Now, the issue here is, as long as you can legally buy and sell firearms, every once in a while, mistakes like this are going to happen. Anyone who doesn’t wet their pants at the sight of a gun, I think, can understand that. Even common carriers can screw this kind of thing up. It happens. Which brings me to a point: the Brady folks are definitely out of the policy space on this one. This is meant to scare the people who would wet their pants if they opened a package they expected was a TV and turned out to be a Sig 716, and convince them the only possible way to eliminate this frightening and debilitating possibility is to donate money to the Bradys.