A Chicago journalist attempted to buy an “assault rifle” to demonstrate how easy it was for terrorists to obtain dangerous weapons, only to be left grasping for an explanation when the gun store denied him.
Neil Steinberg of the Chicago Sun-Times decided to head “into the Valley of Death” last week to purchase an AR-15 following the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, Florida. His purpose, he says, was to demonstrate how simple it was and to explore Illinois’ gun laws concerning assault weapons. As soon as he bought the gun, he planned to sell it back to the store he bought it from.
But Steinberg’s effort was stopped halfway by the gun store, which canceled his purchase during Illinois’ required 24-hour waiting period:
“At 5:13 Sarah from Maxon called. They were canceling my sale and refunding my money. No gun for you. I called back. Why? “I don’t have to tell you,” she said. I knew that, but was curious. I wasn’t rejected by the government? No. So what is it? “I’m not at liberty,” she said.
Gun dealers do have the right to refuse sales to anyone, usually exercised for people who seem to be straw purchasers. I told her I assume they wouldn’t sell me a gun because I’m a reporter. She denied it. But hating the media is right behind hating the government as a pastime for many gun owners. They damn you for being ignorant then hide when you try to find out.
A few hours later, Maxon sent the newspaper a lengthy statement, the key part being: “it was uncovered that Mr. Steinberg has an admitted history of alcohol abuse, and a charge for domestic battery involving his wife.”
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