O’Reilly: “Anyone who sells a heavy weapon or ammo should be compelled to report the sale to the FBI. It’s a felony if you don’t. That’s what we should have in the USA and it just makes sense in this age of terrorism. Right now some gun dealers do background checks but nobody reports the sale of heavy weapons like AK-47s to the feds. That’s insane.”
What’s really insane is O’Reilly’s ridiculous statement that people should be compelled to report the sale of a “heavy weapon.” O’Reilly has the annoying frequent tendency to promote a leftist “meme” while cloaked in conservative aura. But this really is too much.
First, what exactly is a “heavy weapon?” Is this an anti-tank gun or a 50 caliber machine gun? No. He refers instead to the AK-47, a semi-automatic (one shot per trigger squeeze) rifle that shoots the 7.62x39mm cartridge. This cartridge has the same “ballistic profile” as the common .30-30 Winchester round. Many manufacturers make this rifle but no one can buy it from a gun shop without a background check.
As a supposedly great researcher, O’Reilly certainly must know this. And yet he says “some gun dealers do background checks but nobody reports the sale of heavy weapons like AK-47s to the feds.” Sorry, Bill. Yes they do. Every purchaser must complete Federal Form 4473, which asks the purchaser about any criminal history and citizenship, and which also records the type, model number, manufacturer and serial number of the rifle being purchased. Every gun dealer is required to complete this form for every rifle purchased. If he fails to do so, he faces serious charges and perhaps some jail time. And, yes, Bill, this is a federal form. It goes to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives—the BAFTE—but you already know that, don’t you Bill?
And so why the misinformation, Bill? Since you no doubt know all this things, you must have an agenda. What is that agenda, Bill? Are you promoting the same line that gun-controllers are promoting—more, tighter, more invasive and restrictive rights to own guns? Is that your agenda, Bill?
Gee, and I thought you were a good “conservative.”