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Please ignore - troubleshooting

posted Mar 21, 2013, 11:31 AM by Michael Harrington
Hi Pops. I'm trying to post a reply to the "LEOs are going fishing thread, and I get this error:

You don't have permission to access /posting.php on this server.

Only when I post the specific reply I had typed. Any ideas? I'll try to paste it here:

[quote="Cohiba"]but if someone would please direct me to the portion of the law that says I am required to perform an ID check or background investigation on a private firearms transfer I'd love to read it.[/quote]

That is a point this thread is not intended to address. We've discussed it elsewhere.

//back to topic: I also would have thought it was just someone wanting to buy 'off-grid' except for all the email address shenanigans. If you want to conceal your identity, as a normal joe, you just go get another email address (gmail or hotmail or what have you) with fake info. You don't take steps to mask your identity.

The point may not be to permanently hammer someone with a federal crime. It might just be to financially break them; as in - they charge you with violating the USC. You have to defend yourself in court. If it's in federal court, you're probably talking $10k just to get started. If you have that kind of cash to waste, not even making a public point in the process, please go right ahead. By the time you get exonerated you'll be broke and it will be several years down the road. Meanwhile, you might have had to spend some time in jail, had your guns confiscated and have to sue to get them back (assuming they've not been destroyed), and so on. This is a executive decision, non-political way to reduce straw purchases and trafficking by making it too darn expensive (not to address the debatable efficacy of such a move).

I'm not against law enforcement - I don't see it as a us-v-them system (yet). I just don't like them skirting entrapment to arrest folks that otherwise would have done nothing wrong. At that point you're arresting people mostly for being gullible. I see this all the time even though I generally don't practice criminal law - I've got too many peers on both sides of the issue to call it a fluke.