By Greg Reeves
There's a good essay about newspapers on slashdot.org that says, 1) No matter how much a reporter or editor knows about something, some readers will always know more, and 2) Some readers don't know what they're talking about.
The first applies to my post yesterday about the death by pen gun of a budding rap singer. Quoting KCPD Capt. Rich Lockhart, I reported those fountain-pen-shaped weapons were subject to the same rules as any other common firearm.
Not so, weighed in Bob Owens of the Confederate Yankee blog:
- Greg, both you and Captain Lockhart need to read the National Firearms Act of 1934.
- The dear captain is totally and completely wrong about pen guns being legally "no different from a handgun or any other kind of gun like that."...
- Pen guns are classified under NFA 1934 along with machine guns and anti-tank rifles. They are regulated so severely that they are among the very hardest firearms to buy legally. You'd have to go through the same legal hurdles to buy a pen gun as you would to buy Rambo's machine gun or a flamethrower. (See his full comment in the post)
As Capt. Lockhart emailed me today, "I have been schooled."