Here’s an interesting situation:
Former congressional candidate Laura Loomer revealed that she was banned from owning a firearm. Loomer has gained notoriety for being subject to some of the most brazen forms of Big Tech censorship over the past two years.
Her firm nationalist views have made her an easy target for Silicon Valley censors. She has been banned from social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. In addition, her ability to do business has been greatly stymied after she was banned from GoFundMe, PayPal, and Venmo. Chase shut down her ability to do online banking. To make matters worse, Comcast prevented her campaign from sending texts and emails to voters, while the company donated to her opponent, Lois Frankel in Florida’s 21st congressional district.
This is only the tip of the iceberg as far as the private sector crusade against Loomer goes. The conservative activist was kicked off Uber and Lyft, on top of being prohibited from using UberEats.
But here’s the fun part:
Despite having no felony or domestic violence convictions and never been declared to be mentally unfit by a judge, Loomer’s name has allegedly been placed in a secret Federal “no buy” list that the FBI keeps. This list is part of the federal government’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS).
Of course, that doesn’t mean she can’t own a gun — just that she can’t buy a gun through “regular” channels that require the NICS check before she can take possession.
Here in Texas, by the way, any Concealed Handgun License (CHL) holder can buy a gun through said channels without going through the NICS check, because the state of Texas has already run all the background checks necessary and as far as they’re concerned, that’s that. If the feds have a beef with the individual that isn’t part of the standard background check, it’s up to them to inform the state. I don’t know if Floriduh has a similar setup — they should — but my FL Readers will no doubt tell me.
It’s one of the main reasons I got my CHL when I moved to Texas. I know all the arguments against having a “permit” to enjoy one of my principal Constitutional freedoms, but the way I saw it back then, if it kept the fucking Feddle Gummint out of the process, it was worth it. And subsequent events have proved me right.
In any event, Miss Loomer doesn’t seem to be a criminal; her greatest “crime” seems to have been uncovering malfeasance through Project Veritas, and as there’s no actual legal reason not to possess a gun — criminal record, mental incapacitation, etc. — there’s no reason why some friendly citizen of Florida can’t sell or give her a gun for her own protection.