Shannon Watts and her gun prohibitionist bullies at Moms Demand Action have a very bad problem of being almost completely unable to tell the truth.
The murder of Jitka Vesel is a horrible story of a jilted ex-boyfriend turned stalker named Dmitry Smirnov who hunted down and killed Vesel for rejecting him, but Moms Demand lied in a recent claim to the Facebook page when they said that non-citizens are banned from buying firearms, a fact that even the most cursory research would have easily uncovered with a simple Google search.
Both Immigrant Aliens and Legal Permanent Resident Aliens (LPRs) have the legal right to buy a firearm in the United States from any seller, either private sellers or from licensed sellers.
One of those resident aliens, Charles C.W. Cooke of National Review, quickly debunked the Moms Demand lie.
As it actually occurred, Smirnov was not legally allowed to purchase a gun from anyone, either a regular citizen or a FFL, due to his immigrant status. There was no “loophole,” only a very clear criminal purchase. He also bribed a homeless man in Spokane to buy the ammunition he could not legally purchase.
If Watts wants to talk about what might have deterred Dmitry Smirnov, she shouldn’t be focused on gun laws.
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