Let's help VPC
Now that we know, thanks to Matt Carmel's research and tip, that Violence Policy Center has a firearm dealer's license for their DC headquarters, I think we owe it to them to come up with an advertising campaign! Look at their opportunities. A city of 500,000 or so, they've got one of only a dozen licenses to sell guns, and the handgun ban may be struck down. VPC has always staked out the most extreme positions, so if the Supreme Court goes against them, they are ruined economically. Maybe they got the gun dealer's license as a hedge. Win in the Supreme Court, we make money pushing for more gun laws. Lose, and we make money selling handguns!
VPC should be ready with TV, radio, and billboards:
[Image of DC office building]
"While we wait for the Supreme Court to free the citizens of DC from their incompetent and corrupt government, now is the time to order your handguns from Josh's Handgun Haven, "It don't mean a thang if it can't go bang!"
[image of rows of firearms]
Drop on over to 1730 Rhode Island NW and take a look at our inventory! Glocks, 1911s, Berettas!
Earnest money only, all orders contingent on the court's ruling - get in line for something fine!"
[Pretty girl appears] "Violence Policy Center, it's your hometown gun shop."
Subtitle: The Joyce Foundation did not approve the content of this advertisment.
Since they don't actually sell guns, why does the ATF allow them to keep their license?
And, how do I get a similar license?
Posted by: Flighterdoc at February 12, 2008 11:15 AM
Ironically, if the ATF were to repeal their license for non-use, DC could arrest them for any guns they have on premises. It would be funny as hell if they ended up having their convictions dismissed on 2nd amendment grounds after we win.
Posted by: Jim W at February 12, 2008 12:28 PM
Figures they would be on Rhode Island Av...
Posted by: Jim at February 12, 2008 01:15 PM
What if DC residents started using the VPC license number to transfer in firearms? You know, send an out of state FFL the VPC's license number and have them ship in, oh I don't know, Mannlicher-Carcano's maybe, or DCM transfers?
What happens then? Surely a couple thousand of us would be willing to order $79.95 Internet specials for the disenfranchised DC residents and have them shipped to the VPC. Do they send them back? Turn them over to DC Metro PD? We could get the Maoists to help out, after all doesn't "all political power flow from the barrel of a gun"?
What if we sent them to Barbara Boxer, Diane Feinstein and Chuckie Schumer c/o their US Capitol addresses? "Please accept this gift with my sincere good wishes. Signed, Joe Constituent"
Posted by: Jim D. at February 12, 2008 02:26 PM
Can we get Jesse Jackson to protest outside the VPC?
Posted by: Mad Saint Jack at February 12, 2008 02:35 PM
Wonder if Bloomberg will send a sting operator down to try and make a straw purchase? If they don't have any guns in stock....I bet they sold them all to folks from NYC!
Posted by: Robert at February 12, 2008 03:40 PM
Has anyone called them asking for Sugarman trying to shop for a gun?
Requests for Ravens or Brycos -ALL the brands he has vilified- could help the staff have interesting days...
And a good laugh at their boss.
By the by, doesn't the BATFE REQUIRE a certain number of "open for busines" hours per week?
I'll have to ask my congress critter about that.
Posted by: Steam Dragon at February 12, 2008 04:55 PM
This is old news, which I thought everybody has known for a long time. I think I recall articles in "American Rifleman" from back in the eighties mentioning the paradox of Josh having the only FFL in the district.
Posted by: Justthisguy at February 13, 2008 02:38 AM
Yes, Sugarmann's FFL has been previously disclosed. However, as the number and subject of comments suggests, this fact is not widely known. It is timely that a public discussion continue considering the Heller case that is currently before the Supreme Court.
Posted by: Matthew Carmel at February 13, 2008 06:49 AM
ASK DR. ROn PAUL to contribute to this video
He would gladly donate
Posted by: Eric at February 13, 2008 08:25 AM