When did it become a sin to utter the words "I don't know"? And when did it become the accepted thing to pull random facts out of your fourth point of contact to make up for the fact that one simply does not know?
Case in point:
OldNFO and AEPilotJim are up visiting and decompressing. Being, well, us this has involved a bit of trawling through a gun store or two.
One of the afore-mentioned gun stores would be the big Academy Sports in the near-by Big City.
At this Academy, OldNFO spotted a rifle that tickled his fancy, at a price that was more than fair, so he decided that he should have this rifle and so informs the sales-drone.
Now, OldNFO is not a resident of Texas. He currently makes his abode on one of the coasts, but this makes no never-mind as the rifle that he fancied was, matter-of-fact, a rifle, and as such, only requires a NICS check.
Not so, sayeth the sales-drone. He can only sell rifles to residents of Texas, or residents of States that touch Texas.
There is some blinking, then I gently opine, "That's an odd company policy."
He achieves That Special Supercilious Look, and proclaims: "Nope! That's Federal Law!"
No. It is not.
Per Title 18, US Code, section 922(a)(3), (5); 922 (b)(3); and 27 CFR 478.29 and 478.30, and even going so far as to quote the ATF website FAQ:
"A person may only acquire a firearm within the person’s own State, except that he or she may purchase or otherwise acquire a rifle or shotgun, in person, at a licensee’s premises in any State, provided the sale complies with State laws applicable in the State of sale and the State where the purchaser resides. A person may borrow or rent a firearm in any State for temporary use for lawful sporting purposes."
Highlighting is mine. Note, do, the words: "In", "Any", and "State" and how all three of those words are right next to each other in the same sentence.
OldNFO and AEPilotJim look at each other, and sensing an opportunity to educate and maybe enlighten one who doesn't seem to have all the facts at his fingertips, offer the gentle rebuttal that it is not, in fact, against Federal Law.
This, of course, causes the sales-drone to dig in his heels, puff out his chest and give that little eyebrow arch that hints: "Desist, law-breakers."
I'm going to assume that somebody must have provided this drone (probably with the same smug look he rendered unto us) with the false and incorrect information regarding fictitious Federal Laws, because I would hate to imagine that this young man has simply decided all on his ownsome that since he has a job selling guns, he needs to pull bull[redacted] [redacted] out of his [redacted] just so he can feel superior to his customers.
Still, one would like to imagine that he would have enough pride in his job that he would take the time and effort to improve himself by LOOKING UP THE [REDACTED] LAW FOR HIMSELF.
The relevant law is on the Internet. Took me all of 0.17 seconds to find it on Google. It's even in books, and those books are generally free to read in libraries both public and those belonging to universities.
I would note, in case said sale-drone ever stumbles past this blog, that the books are "free to read" in libraries, the books are not "free to eat".
If Academy Sports wants to have stupid rules about whom they may sell guns to, that's their business. As a private company, if they decide tomorrow that they will only sell guns to left-handed pygmies wearing fuchsia tutus, that is their business.
Giving their employees false information regarding Federal Laws and how those laws pertain to Constitutional Rights is not. Hiring employees who lie to, and condescend to, customers regarding Federal laws and how those laws pertain to Constitutional Rights is not.
Academy Sports lost the chance to make $500. And in the coming economy, that piddling little five hundred dollars may not be peanuts much longer.
More importantly, they have lost all of my future business, all of the future business of OldNFO, and I will quite happily tell anyone and everyone I come into contact with that Academy Sports are rat-bastards who should feel the full weight of economic Darwinism, and any money would be better spent somewhere else.