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BLOOMBERG'S GANGSTA'S PARADISE
Vermont's history of leaving Second
Amendment rights unfettered.
But then Everytown's "study" imploded.
Bobby Richards, owner and operator
of Crossfire Arms in Mount Holly, Vt.,
happened to come across a photo on
social media of a gun he was advertising
for sale. He began looking around and
found that six of his guns were "for sale"
with ads he didn't place, and that he was
being described as an unlicensed seller.
This wasn't only a lie; it would be
illegal for him to do so. If he tried to sell
a gun without first clearing a potential
buyer through the fbi's National Instant
Criminal Background Check System
(nics), then the Bureau of Alcohol,
Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (batfe)
would pull his license to sell guns-and
would likely prosecute him. Much more
than just his reputation was on the line.
Richards sent a letter to Everytown to
cease and desist from using his photos
and information. He also went public.
Richards, who advertises firearms for
sale on Armslist.com and on his website
xfirearms.com, wanted to make it clear
that as a licensed dealer he requires
every potential buyer to fill out the
batfe Form 4473 and to undergo a
screening via nics.
News of this broke first on social
media, then on blogs and finally in
national media outlets. Everytown
realized they'd been caught again and
quickly issued a report saying they
wrongly identified 48 ads as being
from unlicensed dealers. Everytown's
retraction read: "A previous version
of this report incorrectly stated that
we identified 1,106 ads posted by
unlicensed Vermont sellers offering
firearms for sale. We inadvertently
included 48 ads posted by licensed
dealers in Vermont in this total. This
version of the report reflects data based
on the updated total of 1,058 gun ads
posted by unlicensed sellers."
Richards has hired experienced
Second Amendment attorney Rachel M.
Baird of Rachel M. Baird & Associate
to represent his company. Baird told us
in an exclusive early February interview
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that she will soon be filing a lawsuit
against Everytown for defamation.
"They used Crossfire's logo," Baird
said. "That's defamation. My client relies
on his good reputation to do business."
Baird sees this lawsuit as an
opportunity to learn more about
Everytown-a group that is funded by
Bloomberg but whose operations are
largely secretive.
"I'm looking forward to getting
Everytown into discovery and deposing
their leadership," she said. "We have a
lot of questions and, as far as I can tell,
no one has ever been able to get them to
answer how they operate."
For his part, Richards believes that
Everytown's lies put his business at grave
risk. And he refuses to stand idly by and
let those lies hurt his business.
"I'm outraged," he said. "My business
is fairly new. I just received my ffl in
2013. If I don't fight this publicly, it
could harm my business."
The "sting operation" seems to have
been planned to coincide with the
introduction of anti-gun legislation in
Vermont-legislation strongly promoted
by the anti-gun group Gun Sense
Vermont. In January, Senate President
Pro Tem John Campbell introduced
Senate Bill 31, a bill that would require
all firearm transfers to clear a nics
check, including those made between
family members.
Claiming to be a grassroots
organization started by and run by
Vermonters, Gun Sense Vermont
nevertheless is quick to jump on
Bloomberg's Everytown bandwagon.
Gun Sense promotes Everytown's bogus
"study" right on the home page of its
website, while likely knowing that the
study was greatly flawed, and that it
didn't prove even one sale of a firearm to
a prohibited person.
"Gun Sense Vermont showed up on
the scene suddenly and recently with
money to burn," said nra's Goens.
"Early in 2014, they started a mailing
campaign, sending postcards to state
lawmakers demanding that the Vermont
legislature enact more gun laws.

"Keep in mind, there was no real
impetus for the restrictions. There
were no gang problems and no street
crime issues that are typical in the inner
city-no rash of armed robberies, or any
of the other typical culprits. In fact, the
group gives very little justification for
why these bills are necessary, causing
Second Amendment supporters to tag
their campaign with the old cliché, 'a
solution in search of a problem.' They
have also submitted petitions with
signatures, albeit with most signees
coming from other states as far away as
California and Hawaii."
Gun Sense Vermont also claims that
77 percent of Vermont residents favor
the background check legislation, but
offers no proof of that so-called "fact."
"Anti-gun groups have made a habit
of coming up with their own polls
and skewed studies that do not stand
up to scrutiny," Goens said. "At times,
their strategy appears to be 'repeat a
phrase long enough, and it becomes
fact.' Their assertion that 90 percent of
the public supports background checks
is a good example. When they asked
this question, did they also inform the
respondent that all dealer transactions
have been required to clear a nics check
since 1992? Of course they didn't. And
when challenged on their numbers, the
figures have changed to a number in the
70-percent range.
"At the very least, their head-scratching
polling methodology should cause a lot
of skepticism."
For their part, Vermont gun owners
are showing up in force to oppose this
latest attack on the Second Amendment.
In January, the Vermont Federation
of Sportsmen's Clubs, the nra state
association, held its annual legislative
mixer in the Capitol cafeteria with
about 500 in attendance.
"The supporters were easy to identify
because they all wore an article of
hunter orange," Goens said. "Organizers
said there would have been even more
people show up, but much of the
Northeast was shut down that day with
a strong Nor'easter."
The weekend before that, thousands
of Vermonters attended the Yankee
Sportsmen's Classic in Burlington, and
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