H/T FAP list and Arms and the Law…
A Federal Firearms License (FFL) is the license issued by the BATFE that allows a person to engage in the business of manufacturing, importing, or dealing in firearms.. Lots of people have them–some 50,000 or so at last count.
Josh Sugarmann is to guns as Fred Phelps is to gays. Sugarmann founded the VPC, and used to be the communications director for National Coalition to Ban Handguns. He’s the guy who is popularly credited with developing and publicizing the term “assault weapon.”
What you now have to ask is “Why does someone like this have an FFL?” What possible justification would someone like Sugarmann come up with for having a federal license to buy and sell the thing he abhors so much, and wants to ban from public ownership? Or does he think he’s special, and that only “certain people” should be able to own guns? To see his license for yourself, go to the EzCheck website, and enter 1 in the first field, 54 in the next, then 00725 in the last field.
It’s interesting to note that there’s no trade name listed on his FFL, which seems to be a violation of BATFE regs. One should also note that the premise and mailing addresses are the same as the business address for the Violence Policy Center.
I wonder if the District of Columbia allows gun dealers within the District. That would be ironic, given the ban on gun ownership that exists. Maybe Sugarmann is just getting ready to go into business when the ban is repealed?
Any comment from the VPC?
Red’s Trading Post has done some research into the zoning regs on Rhode Island Avenue NW. Seems like someone official should be looking into this. I’m sure it’s just a minor oversight.