Stephanie Soechtig, the Producer of Katie Couric’s “documentary” “Under The Gun” and an accomplice violated 18 U.S. Code § 922 – Unlawful acts – four times.
In this appearance on “LIP TV”, Soechtig admitted that she asked a co-producer, who lives in Colorado, to go to Arizona and fulfill the sale of an AR-type semi-automatic rifle (not an “automatic” as the ignoramus in the video pronounces) and three handguns (without a background check being submitted) “in a parking lot at a Wendy’s”.
Under fire of this revelation, Soechtig has since responded.
“While it may seem hard to believe that one could buy these types of guns this easily, all purchases in the film were made completely legally. Arizona law allows out-of-state residents to buy long guns (i.e. rifles, shotguns, military-style assault rifles) from a private seller without a background check. It also allows Arizona residents to buy handguns from a private seller without a background check.
We demonstrated both versions of this dangerous loophole in the film on a hidden camera, in full compliance with both state and federal laws. The rifles – including an AR-15, the gun used to massacre 20 first graders – were purchased by an out of state resident. The handgun was purchased by an Arizona resident. (Emphasis mine)
These guns were then turned over to law enforcement and destroyed. They never left the state of Arizona.”
First, looking at the above statement, Soechtig either lied when she made this statement or she lied during the taping of her segment on LIP TV. She clearly states during the LIP TV interview: “We sent a producer out, and he was from Colorado, and he went to Arizona, and he was able to buy a Bushmaster and then three other pistols without a background check.”
Not a single handgun (“the handgun”). Three handguns. Not an Arizona resident buying the pistol(s) and a Colorado resident buying the rifle. According to her statement, one person bought all these guns –her co-producer, a Colorado resident.
If Soechtig and her co-producer, knowing that he was a Colorado resident, arranged to buy these guns from an individual in Arizona, not a dealer, they have violated Federal Law.
Soechtig and her accomplice should know that such a purchase in Colorado is illegal under Colorado State law 18-21-112. I am of the opinion that they aware of this law which is why they blatantly tried to avoid it illegally by arranging to purchase the firearms in the neighboring State of Arizona.
It should also be noted that even in her seemingly false statement in response to the current heat upon her: she and her accomplice STILL BROKE FEDERAL LAW. Buying a rifle as a Colorado State resident in the State of Arizona is illegal as per 18-USC-922.
18 U.S. Code § 922 – Unlawful acts
(a)It shall be unlawful—
(1)for any person—
(A) except a licensed importer, licensed manufacturer, or licensed dealer, to engage in the business of importing, manufacturing, or dealing in firearms, or in the course of such business to ship, transport, or receive any firearm in interstate or foreign commerce; or
(B) except a licensed importer or licensed manufacturer, to engage in the business of importing or manufacturing ammunition, or in the course of such business, to ship, transport, or receive any ammunition in interstate or foreign commerce;
This is what CRIMINALS do. They avoid laws to buy guns illegally.
In addition, Soechtig’s statement that “Arizona law allows out-of-state residents to buy long guns (i.e. rifles, shotguns, military-style assault rifles) from a private seller without a background check” is grossly misleading. There is no statute in current Arizona State law regulating the interstate sale of any firearm. Title 13, Chapter 31 outlines all the current laws in place in the State of Arizona regarding the sale and transfer of firearms. The misconduct of such is outlined in 13-3102. Arizona, like many other states, regards the sale or transfer or firearms interstate as a FEDERAL ISSUE, as well it should. Because Federalism.
I spoke to Steve Primack, Attorney for the Arizona State Legislature and he stated with clarity, that it is incumbent anyone contemplating this kind of transaction to be aware of federal laws regarding such.
Stephanie Soechtig, Katie Couric, and the anti-gun left clearly are pushing for more stringent gun control laws. Soechtig and her ilk undoubtedly want tougher federal gun laws. Her very argument is that particular state laws such as the laws in Arizona are too lax.
Well, Stephanie….we already have existing Federal gun laws in place to STOP purchases of firearms like the one you conspired to facilitate and then carried out. How about we enforce THOSE LAWS?
The ATF can start by arresting Stephanie Soechtig and her accomplice.
UPDATE: I spoke to Vaughan Smith, the Senior Operations Officer for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Phoenix Field Division, and he stated that they would investigate this matter.