Even US senators don’t know how guns are sold


At times, and never at the right time, the simplest question can stump the smartest person.

A recent Federal Senate hearing proves this point. A recent Q and A session has raised the brows of gun owners. At least the inability to answer a very basic question caught the attention of that’s what online news sources report.

California massacre

The scene is set with several distinguished members of the Senate Judiciary Committee seated shoulder to shoulder behind a rich wooden bench. Their declared mission for the day was to discuss the recent terrorist attack in San Bernardino, Calif. with at least one source of important information seated in the hot seat facing them.

That source was National FBI Director James Comey, the person in charge of one of the most important agencies which the nation depends on for its security.

Gun rights

More importantly in this instance is that the FBI is responsible for assuring that gun buyers are eligible for gun ownership.

South Carolina Republican Senator Lindsey Graham was ready to start the session and he apparently tossed a warm up bone to Director Comey, a simple question for sure. He asked how he would get a gun that he purchased online.

He wondered if it would be delivered to his home and as a stumped Director Comey stumbled for an answer, Senator Graham sought to further explain his question asking where he would pick up his newly purchased gun.

Director Comey responded, according to Outdoor Hub, a reliable online news source, that he wasn’t sure, but he assumed that the gun would be delivered to the senator’s house.
Proper channels. Wrong answer! Apparently not quite everyone knows that online gun purchases go through an FFL holder, typically a local gun shop who agrees to handle the transaction.

The buyer pays a fee to the shop owner for the service. The gun is shipped to the shop where the buyer can pick it up only after completing a form which is a signed application and request for an FBI background check and clearance for the purchase.

Background check

Only an FFL holder can request the background check which requires a yes or no response from the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS).


What’s hot this Christmas? Shoppers are going nuts for drones this year, multi-prop, flying gizmos that fly and perform like small remote controlled helicopters.

Simple, battery powered toy drones are relatively cheap but it goes up from there.

Spend more and you’ll get something capable of doing a lot of good or a lot of bad. We’ll soon see farmers checking crops, livestock, and performing other chores with drones.

Problems arise

We may see mail-order products delivered by drones and we’ll surely see some questionable uses such as unwelcome invasions of privacy, harassment and who knows what. Never-the-less, it appears that drones are indeed the hot items this shopping season.

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Mike Tontimonia has been writing weekly columns and magazine features about the outdoors for over 25 years, a career that continues to hold the same excitement for him as it did at the beginning. Mike is a retired educator, a licensed auctioneer and marketing consultant. He lives in Ravenna, Ohio and enjoys spending time at his Carroll County cabin. Mike has hunted and fished in several states and Canada from the Carolinas to Alaska and from Idaho to Delaware. His readers have often commented that the stories about his adventures are about as close to being there as possible. He is past president of the Outdoor Writers of Ohio and a member of the Outdoor Writers Association of America. Mike is also very involved in his community as a school board member and a Rotarian.



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