Taxpayer funded NPR has found a new reason why states such as Vermont should enact gun control: Drugs. From NPR:
Vermont’s loose gun laws and a high demand for drugs make a lucrative market for drug dealers who accept guns in return for the drugs they sell.
Because no law enforcement agency keeps track of guns specifically traded for drugs, no one knows exactly how many guns are involved in trades like this nationwide. But the Vermont field office of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), whose caseload mostly involves interstate or international gun trafficking, has seen it happen over and over.
Well, nobody is actually keeping track of these transactions, but it must be a lot. NPR laments:
The state is largely Democratic but has a strong tradition of shooting sports, so the politics of gun control are complicated. An assault weapons ban proposed after the Newtown killings, for example, was withdrawn after an outpouring of grass-roots and legislative opposition.
But they don’t provide an example of “assault weapons” being traded for drugs. Instead, the only instance they cite is of a woman who traded two handguns for $400 dollars of heroin. And those handguns must either have been stolen, or really crappy, to go for only $400. So, they weren’t purchased by that woman legally. So, Vermont’s gun laws have nothing to do with any of it.
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