Unlicensed Dealer?

Is anyone else getting tired of the whole “Unlicensed Dealer” canard or is it just me?

Almost every day I see a press release, column or “news” article that makes reference to “Unlicensed Dealers”.

Here is a letter I sent in response to this article. I’m thinking about generalizing it and making it a canned letter to send any time I see the term “Unlicensed Dealer” in the media:

“The term ‘dealer’ means (A) any person engaged in the business of selling firearms at wholesale or retail, (B) any person engaged in the business of repairing firearms or of making or fitting special barrels, stocks, or trigger mechanisms to firearms, or (C) any person who is a pawnbroker. The term “licensed dealer” means any dealer who is licensed under the provisions of this chapter” Title 18, US Code, Chapter 44, Section 921(a)(11) [emphasis added]

“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…” Title 18, US Code, Chapter 44, Section 922

“‘Dealer in firearms’ means (i) any person, firm partnership, or corporation engaged in the business of selling, trading or transferring firearms at wholesale or retail; (ii) any person, firm, partnership, or corporation engaged in the business of making or fitting special barrels, stocks, or trigger mechanisms to firearms; or (iii) any person, firm, partnership, or corporation that is a pawnbroker.” Code of Virginia, Title 54.1, Chapter 42, Section 54.1-4200 [emphasis added]

What exactly is an “unlicensed dealer?”

Under the law, a “dealer” is defined as someone “engaged in the business” of selling firearms. It is only lawful for LICENSED dealers to engage in “dealing in firearms”. Therefore, an unlicensed dealer is, by definition, already breaking the law. Why is another law required? Is it more illegal if they are breaking TWO laws?

Of course, I’m being facetious, It is clear that the term “unlicensed dealer” is a propaganda term coined by the anti-gun lobby to lend false credibility to their argument that private citizens should not be permitted to sell their private property. The positions of the anti-gun lobby are unpopular with freedom loving Americans so they are reduced to using misleading terminology to mask their true agenda. This technique has been used for years. Just ask The National Council to Control Handguns…er…Handgun Control Incorporated…er…The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.

This is not surprising from groups that prefer subjects who cannot defend themselves over free citizens who may effectively resist tyranny…but why is an ostensibly responsible, purportedly unbiased news outlet engaging in the spread of such propaganda? Is your organization a willing accomplice in this baldfaced attempt to mislead the public or are journalists just dupes who have become so professionally bankrupt that they cannot even bother themselves to read the law that is the basis of their “journalism”? I’m no professional journalist, but it seems to me that opinion pieces belong on the editorial page, not in the News section.

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I even got a reply:

TWhitley@timesdispatch.com wrote:

Thanks for your thoughtful comments.

To which I responded:

My Pleasure.

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