“Katie Couric and Stephanie Soechtig, Misleading with Potential Criminal Acts”
I am betting that many of you have heard about or watched the deceptive piece of journalism, “Under the Gun” by Katie Couric. If not, you can read more about the controversy surrounding this deceptive piece of propaganda that both Stephanie Soechtig (“Director”) and Cattie Couric (“Journalist”) call a documentary [HERE].
While reading through several pieces of propaganda surrounding “Gun Control,” I ran across an alarming interview with the director of “Under the Gun,” Stephanie Soechtig. During the interview, I quickly picked up on some extremely concerning circumstances that could potentially lead to several felony charges.
In the following short, “UNDER THE GUN: How to Sell Guns in America with Filmmaker Stephanie Soechtig.” The director, Stephanie Soechtig, claims to have sent out her Colorado producer to purchase firearms within the state of Arizona.
This video is filled with so much bad, false and/or misleading information that anyone would be hard pressed to take anything good away after watching it.
It is against the law for a non-dealer to transfer any firearm to a non-dealer who resides in another state. This potentially could fall under a straw purchase as well, because Stephanie Soechtig claims to have sent the producer to purchase the firearms.
There are certain very specific circumstances that an out of state purchaser may be allowed to purchase firearms within another state but this is not defined in the video and normally involves the purchase to be through a “Federal Firearms Licensee” (FFL). Stephanie Soechtig states it is completely legal, which is simply not true. This is criminal in the worst case scenario and/or deceptive in the best case if not both.
From the BATF Q&A:
To whom may an unlicensed person transfer firearms under the GCA?
A person may only acquire a firearm within the person’s own State, except that he or she may purchase or otherwise acquire a rifle or shotgun, in person, at a licensee’s premises in any State, provided the sale complies with State laws applicable in the State of sale and the State where the purchaser resides. A person may borrow or rent a firearm in any State for temporary use for lawful sporting purposes.
[18 U.S.C. 922(a)(3) and (5), 922(b)(3), 27 CFR 478.29 and 478.30]
What constitutes residency in a State?
The State of residence is the State in which an individual is present; the individual also must have an intention of making a home in that State. A member of the Armed Forces on active duty is a resident of the State in which his or her permanent duty station is located. If a member of the Armed Forces maintains a home in one State and the member’s permanent duty station is in a nearby State to which he or she commutes each day, then the member has two States of residence and may purchase a firearm in either the State where the duty station is located or the State where the home is maintained. An alien who is legally in the United States is considered to be a resident of a State only if the alien is residing in that State and has resided in that State continuously for a period of at least 90 days prior to the date of sale of the firearm. See also Item 5, “Sales to Aliens in the United States,” in the General Information section of this publication.
[18 U.S.C. 921(b), 922(a) (3), and 922(b)(3), 27 CFR 478.11]
May a person (who is not an alien) who resides in one State and owns property in another State purchase a handgun in either State?
If a person maintains a home in 2 States and resides in both States for certain periods of the year, he or she may, during the period of time the person actually resides in a particular State, purchase a handgun in that State. However, simply owning property in another State does not qualify the person to purchase a handgun in that State.
[27 CFR 478.11]
If the producer is in fact a resident of Arizona, then the transaction is legal but extremely deceptive. If the producer is not a resident of Arizona, then we are looking at several felony acts recorder and published on YouTube. Either way, the fashion in which the information is presented makes it appear that it is completely legal for any non-resident of a state to purchase firearms from a personal seller within that states borders. Under the Federal Gun Control Act of 1968 (GTA), it is not a legal act.
It never ceases to astonish me, the lengths in which “Gun Control Advocates” will go to push forward an agenda.
I have been asked if I agree with the “Gun Control Act of 1968” (GCA), specifically “if I agree with the restrictions imposed upon an individuals ability to sale their personal firearms?” To be completely honest, it does not matter if I agree with the GCA’s stance on the private sale of firearms. I strongly believe that the producer needs to be held to the same standards that all Americans are bound to.
With that being said, I am a Constitutionalist so I cannot state my stance any better than the Second Amendment does,
“A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”
Partial Transcript from “UNDER THE GUN: How to Sell Guns in America with Filmmaker Stephanie Soechtig.”
“SOECHTIG: We sent a producer out and he was from Colorado. He went to Arizona, and he was able to buy a Bushmaster and then three other pistols without a background check in a matter of four hours, and that’s perfectly legal. He wasn’t doing some sort of underground market, like that’s perfectly legal”
“TIMONER: and Bushmaster is one of those massive automatic weapons?”
“SOECHTIG: It’s the assault weapon that was used in Newtown, in the Newtown shooting”
“TIMONER: Emm, Ok.”
“SOECHTIG: And he just met someone in the parking lot of Wendy’s and bought a Bushmaster, legally, like this is legal.”
“TIMONER: Met in the parking lot?”
“SOECHTIG: Yeah in the parking lot.”
“TIMONER: How is that legal? That sounds like black market trading.”
“SOECHTIG: oh no, this is perfectly legal. You can go on a website— [interrupted]
“TIMONER: I thought you had to go to DICK’S Sporting Goods or something?”
“SOECHTIG: Not if you are a private seller.”
“TIMONER: Oh, you have a private sellers license.”
“SOECHTIG: Yes, Oh No you don’t need a license.”
It appears that several media outlets are finally starting to pick this story up. The mainstream media is still lagging behind but this is expected because it does not fit the common and primary narrative of more “gun control.”
AmmoLand, which is being credited for breaking the story (I have a bone to pick on this matter), the NRA, NRA | ILA, The Blaze, etc. have released stories about the criminal acts confessed during a video interview with the director of the “Under the Gun.” documentary, Stephanie Soechtig.
I have submitted this article, the criminal acts, my resources and sources as well as the video to local and national news networks and organizations with no response thus far. With enough pressure and a little luck we may see this story break on prime-time network news.