Gun pipeline starts in NC and should end here

January 20, 2014 

The following editorial appeared in the Fayetteville Observer:

North Carolina is a good state for people who enjoy the protection of the Second Amendment. We have reasonable restrictions on gun ownership, but they’re considerably less onerous than in other states, especially in the north.

But this also creates an unfortunate demonstration of the law of supply and demand: Some people in this state who can easily buy handguns succumb to the temptation to export them to criminals.

The pipeline from North Carolina to places like New York or Chicago is well known to criminals and to the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. That agency is charged with stopping illegal interstate gun trafficking.

That’s why an ATF task force has been in Fayetteville, checking the books of firearms dealers and looking for straw purchasers – people with clean records who qualify for handgun purchases but are buying them for criminals. They may be supplying local crooks, but it’s likely they’re making a lot more money by shipping them north.

The dealers, the ATF reports, are not only cooperative but are informally networked to spot the straw purchasers and refuse to do business with them. In the end, that’s good for crime-fighting and good for the Second Amendment.

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