The controversy highlights the difficulty ATF agents face in complex cases against increasingly sophisticated gunrunning rings, said former and current government officials. Because ofÂ weak gun laws and investigative limitations imposed at the urging of the gun lobby, many gunrunning cases end with little more than paperwork violations against buyers who procure guns for others. Such so-called straw purchaser cases rarely amount to more than charges of lying on federal documents.
Not only bias, but ignorance. Is Mr. Grimaldi aware of what the penalty is for lying on those documents? The crime is to be found in 18 USC 922(a)(6):
It shall be unlawfulÂ for any person in connection with the acquisition orÂ attempted acquisition of any firearm or ammunition from aÂ licensed importer, licensed manufacturer, licensed dealer, orÂ licensed collector, knowingly to make any false or fictitiousÂ oral or written statement or to furnish or exhibit any false,Â fictitious, or misrepresented identification, intended or likelyÂ to deceive such importer, manufacturer, dealer, or collector withÂ respect to any fact material to the lawfulness of the sale orÂ other disposition of such firearm or ammunition under theÂ provisions of this chapter;
Penalties can be found in 18 USC 924:
(2) Whoever knowingly violates subsection (a)(6), (d), (g), (h),Â (i), (j), or (o) of section 922 shall be fined as provided in thisÂ title, imprisoned not more than 10 years, or both.
It’s unlikely you’ll do 10 years for robbing a bank in this country, so I think to characterize the crime here as “little more than paperwork violations,” is ignorant at best, and deliberately disingenuous at worst. These are serious federal crimes, and despite what Mr. Grimaldi would have you believe, neither NRA, or the vast majority of gun owners, have ever voiced objections to using these laws to prosecute criminal traffickers of firearms. In fact, we’ve encouraged the law to be used in this manner.