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Sometimes you just can’t make this stuff up. Such is the case following the ATF’s recent guidance enabling gun stores and other FFLs to practice better social distancing. By allowing the exact same background check and other procedures to take place in parking lots, cars, etc., individual contact minimizes. Instead of applauding this move to protect public safety, the Brady Campaign scoffed at it, saying it allows gun stores to sling weapons like hamburgers at a McDonald’s drive through.
Brady Campaign and the Gun Drive Thru Service
The coronavirus pandemic forced the federal and state governments into many choices of late. Along with shelter-in-place and social distancing orders, many businesses closed via state governor orders. However, the federal government got it right so far regarding guns.
The DHS named the gun industry among critical infrastructure. That designation prompted several governors to reverse previous anti-gun positions on guns stores in their states. The cascading effect protected more gun rights in more states. And the anti-gun crowd promptly, and predictably, lost its mind over the successive losses. So after the ATF makes a move that does nothing but promote safety, the Brady starts up its smear campaign.
The ATF issued guidance April 10 enabling FFLs to conduct business while maintaining good social distancing practices. It allowed “activities on any part of the business premises, including the exterior of the brick-and-mortar structure, provided, the activity otherwise complies with all applicable federal laws and regulations, and any sale, delivery, or disposition would not violate any State law or published ordinance applicable at the place of sale, delivery, or other disposition.”
“What that means is no firearms can be sold without full compliance with federal and state laws,” said Alan Gottlieb, Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms. “Suggesting that a transaction conducted outside of a business is any different or easier than one conducted inside the door is deliberately misleading. Anybody who believes such nonsense probably thinks a chili-dog and chocolate shake is health food.”
Brady Campaign Tactics
It’s really quite cut and dry. Yet, the Brady Campaign still took to promoting otherwise. “Let’s be clear, gun stores are NOT McDonalds. You shouldn’t be able to buy an AR-15 like you do a burger and fries,” said a Brady Facebook post.
The statement contains about as much actual meat as a McDonald’s hamburger. Gun stores are indeed not a McDonald’s, or any other flippant fast-anything type of service. New gun owners across the country found out the hard way, it’s not as easy as one thinks to buy a gun. Yet sales continue to rise, as Americans realize that safety is their responsibility alone.
The Brady Campaign pulled its usual tactic: Lying. If it were really about the safety of the American people, it would applaud the ATF guidance to promote social distancing.