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Kerry's Gift Gun

 

What is Undisputed:

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September 7, 2004 - John Kerry is presented a shotgun at United Mine Workers Labor Day picnic in Racine, West Virginia. The shotgun is a Remington 11--87 12 gauge. The maximum MSRP of an 11-87 in wood is $899.

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Current federal law allows a gift transfer with no background check. But there are restrictions on this. If neither the giver nor receiver are on their home state when the transaction occurs, the transaction requires a form 4473 and thereby an FFL transfer. Otherwise federal law has been broken.

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If this was an FFL transfer, current federal law allows out-of-state transfers of long guns only to people in contiguous states. This would mean that an FFL transfer of a long gun to a Massachusetts resident would be illegal.

 

What Happened:

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Drudge announces that Kerry is waving a gun that he wanted to have banned by Senate Bill 1431, which he cosponsored (available here). The basis of the statement is the section related to pistol grips.

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The Kerry campaign immediately posts a rebuttal (available here). It says that Kerry would never support banning this gun and he has always supported the Second Amendment.

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The National Shooting Sports Foundation issues a press release here.

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And finally, the Remington Arms Company issues a press release stating that they have not endorsed any candidate and were not involved with the event.

 

What is the Real Truth?

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Drudge is correct. The Remington 11-87 has a feature that could be used as a grip. In addition to this, the 11-87 is commonly used by the police and some in the military. This second condition means that the 11-87 would be presumed to be a 'semiautomatic assault weapon' by SB 1431.

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Either this was an FFL transfer and would be illegal under existing law or it was a private transfer and SB 1431 would have made illegal the private transfer of the firearm.

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The Kerry campaign fails to address the specifics of the allegations in the Drudge article. Kerry's voting record on gun control shows a candidate diametrically opposed to statements made in the campaign press release.

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The National Shooting Sports Foundation points out that:

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Kerry voted against the very union presenting him the shotgun by voting against a bill to end frivolous lawsuits against firearms makers - SB 659.

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Remington was not involved with Kerry and goes further to say "In fact, the company remains amused by ongoing photos of Senator Kerry shooting without either ear or eye protection while discharging a firearm."

 

Update 09/20/04: How does this end up?

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According to an article in September 20 Gun Week, the gun was returned to the person who bought it. Kerry never took ownership of the gun. The gift was all show.

 

The Kerry campaign does produce one gem of truth in its press release. "West Virginians deserve to hear the truth." Unfortunately, the campaign fails to provide the truth and attempts to camouflage lies in pompous rhetoric.

 

  Senate Bill 1431


For more information on this bill, and links to the Senate website with text, etc, go to Senate Bill 1431.

 
   

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