Yet somebody else has dropped in the comments to bitch about Fix NICS bills and how it really is Gun Control in disguise and the fucking traitors of the NRA and you if you support it and blah-blah.
As far as I have been able to track, the main pusher of this exotic collection of twisted thoughts was Gun Owners of America in press release back in December last year.
There is a reason for me marking the date. You will see this again later.
Let’s start with the basics. If you get a ticket for speeding or unsafe lane change or license plate light gone or whatever little indiscretion you may have committed, your guns will be safe and you can actually go buy some more, no problem.
Now, if you are the forgetful type or IDGAF type and forget of ignore pay the tickets and go to court, the judge will issue a warrant for your arrest. And that kiddies is what is called being “fugitive from justice.” Silly and stupid just because you were caught doing 40 mph in a 25 mph zone? Agree, but still is the law till you change it. Understand that the person who got the tickets and had to take care of them was you and you did not creating a turd sandwich which you are now forced to chew without ketchup.
Now, I refer to our old friend ATF form 4473 and the question:
The answer is a rotund yes. Correction, it was a yes till November of 2017. In fact, on November 27 of 2017, the Washington Post publishes an article in which explaind that the DOJ has dumped a bunch of people from their computers because the definition of “fugitive from justice” had been changed.
Tens of thousands of people wanted by law enforcement officials have been removed this year from the FBI criminal background check database that prohibits fugitives from justice from buying guns.
The FBI purged the names from the database after the Justice Department changed its legal interpretation of “fugitive from justice” to say it pertains only to wanted people who have crossed state lines.
Did you compare the date of GOA’s press release with the date of the article? GOA was factually wrong by the time of publishing. But I have seen no correction from them (I might be wrong) and people keep popping everywhere screaming about the frigging “Traffic Ticket Gun Ban.”
Oh wait, I almost forgot. If this thing was not stupid and convoluted enough, I give you the kicker from the same WaPo article:
For more than 15 years, the FBI and ATF disagreed about who exactly was a fugitive from justice.
The FBI, which runs the criminal background check database, had a broad definition and said that anyone with an outstanding arrest warrant was prohibited from buying a gun. But ATF argued that, under the law, a person is considered a fugitive from justice only if they have an outstanding warrant and have also traveled to another state.
In a 2016 report, Inspector General Michael E. Horowitz urged the Justice Department to address the disagreement “as soon as possible.” Late last year, before President Trump took office, the Justice Department Office of Legal Counsel sided with ATF and narrowed the definition of fugitives, according to law enforcement officials. The office said that gun purchases could be denied only to fugitives who cross state lines.
Probably is the first time since sometime before 1934 that the ATF did something that benefited gun owner, although probably by accident.
Now, can we please quit with the Traffic Ticket Gun Ban?