Quote of the Day – James Comey (12/14/2015)

[Question by : If I buy a gun on the internet is it delivered to my home?]

I assume it is shipped to you but I don’t know for sure actually.

James Comey – Director of the FBI

Senate Hearings regarding firearms purchases 12/9/2015

[The top law enforcement officer in the country doesn’t know the answer to this. An answer which was clearly defined in the Gun Control Act of 1968. If you buy a firearm online it must be shipped from an FFL to another FFL. If it’s a pistol, the receiving FFL where you pick it up must also be located in your state of residence. Additionally all firearms laws still apply.

Pro-tip, not just for idiots like Comey, if you don’t know the answer to a question there is only one proper answer: “I do not know currently, let me find out and I’ll get back to you.”

The media, not to mention the uneducated though, lap it up. Seriously I wish I had been a senator on that hearing so I could have publicly roasted his ass for that line of bullshit. -B]


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Barron is the owner, editor, and principal author at The Minuteman, a competitive shooter, and staff member for Boomershoot. Even in his free time he’s merging his love and knowledge of computers and technology with his love of firearms. He has a BS in electrical engineering from Washington State University. Immediately after college he went into work on embedded software and hardware for use in critical infrastructure. This included cryptographic communications equipment as well as command and control devices that were using that communications equipment. Since then he’s worked on just about everything ranging from toys, phones, other critical infrastructure, and even desktop applications. Doing everything from hardware system design, to software architecture, to actually writing software that makes your athletic band do its thing.

3 Responses to Quote of the Day – James Comey (12/14/2015)

  1. Brian Underwood says:

    I believe a non-FFL as well as an FFL can ship to an FFL, though some FFLs are reluctant or refuse to accept a firearm from a non-FFL. All internet sales must be received by an FFL, and a NICS check must be run on the purchaser before delivery.

    • Barron says:

      Correct. I forgot anyone can ship but the destination must be an FFL. Additionally you are correct that many FFLs refuse to accept from private individuals.

      There is also a narrow exemption for intrastate, however I cannot find if that is still legal regarding sales or only applies to temporary transfers.

  2. Archer says:

    Pro-tip, not just for idiots like Comey, if you don’t know the answer to a question there is only one proper answer: “I do not know currently, let me find out and I’ll get back to you.”

    As an addendum, the scariest part of Comey’s response is not that he doesn’t know the answer, or that he’s trying to appear knowledgeable by guessing.

    The scariest part is that this is what he believes the current law says. The other scariest part is that nobody called him on it, so we can safely assume none of the legislators in that room know the law, either.

    The former is scary because Comey’s enforcement of current law and advocacy of future pending bills depends on his understanding of current law, which is flawed. The latter is scary because the legislators’ future votes will at least partially depend on their beliefs of what the law should say, as well as what they understand current law does say.

    It’s GIGO, on a Congressional scale.