Ashton Kutcher is just the latest gun control advocate to accidentally break firearm laws during the process of complaining about how lax firearm laws are.
In a series of tweets following the mass shooting at the Border Line Bar & Grill, Kutcher revealed on Twitter that a previous birthday party had been held at Borderline. But he also mentioned what happened in the parking lot that night:
Slight problem: That’s very illegal.
California does not allow anyone to give (or sell) a gun to anyone unless the sale or transfer is completed through a licensed California firearms dealer. Not only that, but there is a mandatory 10-day waiting period. If the gun was bought for him, his friend could also be charged with straw purchasing, a felony punishable by 10 years in jail and a fine of up to $250,000.
This is not the first time gun control advocates have accidentally proven just how controlled firearms already are. There have been several other high-profile incidents like this recently.
The Priest & the AR-15
An Oregon priest in an upscale Portland suburb found himself in a similar situation.
As reported by the L.A. Times, Rev. Jeremy Lucas had read about a girls' softball team that was planning to raffle an AR-15 rifle to raise money for a trip to their regional playoffs. Offended by the notion of a firearm as a prize, Lucas bought $3,000 worth of the raffle tickets. His plan was to make a political statement by having the firearm melted down into a piece of art.
Not surprisingly, he won the raffle. The Washington Post wrote about what happened after Lucas completed a background check and picked up his prize:
They drove [the AR-15] to the home of a parishioner, a “responsible gun owner,” Lucas said, who offered to keep the rifle locked up in a gun safe until the pastor is ready to destroy it.
But Oregon had just passed a law making it illegal to give the gun to the parishioner without paying for a new background check to be performed through the federal government. To point out the absurdity of the "expanded background check" law (which it had opposed), a gun-rights group reported the incident to the Oregon State Police, who opened an investigation.
Rev. Lucas was only let off the hook because it was possible that he lied to the Washington Post. A statement about the case from John Foote, the Clackamas County District Attorney, read:
The suspect’s statement to the media that he gave it to someone for safe keeping is insufficient to prove that it did happen.
Earlier this year, a Congressional gun-control candidate managed to commit a felony during her own campaign video.
In this clip, she saws off the front end of her husband’s AR-15 in a symbolic anti-gun gesture — effectively making an unregistered SBR (short-barreled rifle). As Guns.com pointed out:
[T]he act of creating a short barreled rifle with a barrel less than 16-inches long is strictly regulated under the National Firearms Act.
Those seeking to convert an existing firearm into a SBR need to first submit a Form 1 to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives along with the required tax payment which then has to be approved, a process that can take months. Possession of an unregistered NFA item is a felony. The clip ends with the abbreviated barrel still attached to a receiver that was not destroyed in line with ATF specifications.
She lost her Congressional race.
It is unclear why people like Kutcher, Lucas and Mallard believe that these convoluted laws will be followed by criminals intentionally, while even gun control champions are breaking the laws accidentally, but here we are. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯