Yup, down goes another one of America's small gun shop owners! I was afraid this was going to happen - AGAIN.
Mayor Bloomberg and his henchmen, also, corralled a local gun dealer, here, in the Poconos. I've read Bloomberg's terms-of-settlement. It really is to any gun dealer's advantage to back out of the fight, and accept the Mayor's carefully contrived settlement. (You'd be more of a fool, and less of a businessman not to!)
As a matter of fact, I'd say this whole bizarre (and highly invasive) 'straw sale switcheroo' is deliberately intended to compel any local gun dealer who becomes caught in this out-of-state sponsored scam to: cave in, capitulate, and appear to be guilty in order to get rid of a bogus case that - in a saner, more morally inclined, and less politically motivated world - would never have been brought.
Let me ask: Regardless of what business a man might be in, does it seem right to you that paid employees (and informers) of one state should be allowed to enter into another state in order to bait and entrap local businessmen? I have to wonder how his honor, the mayor, and whomever's keeping his pants up and running the rest of New York state, right now, would react if the states of Georgia or Pennsylvania tried to pull a political media stunt like this inside of New York's political and judicial boundaries?
Probably not too cool, huh! I, still, remember when I bought a lemon from a New York state car dealer. The fact that I was an out-of-state buyer gave that guy a free pass to screw me over. Sure could have used some tricky legal aid from a big name politician on that one! (But, it didn't happen)
Too bad nobody has been able to afford the money and demand a change of venue on Mayor Bloomberg's fancy, 'bait 'n switch' gun scheme. The way I see things, the big winner, here, is actually New York City's billionaire mayor - himself. The New York lawyers who are running this slick, politically-correct gun purchase scam know, full well, that the terms-of-settlement (and the judicial coercion applied by the city's court system) are just: too coercive, too sensible, and too generous for any sane small businessman to ignore.
As far as I'm concerned, Mayor Bloomberg has one sweet city-funded publicity campaign going for himself, here. As long as other states like Pennsylvania and Georgia continue to allow New York City's agents to cross their borders and to insinuate themselves into local businesses while pretending to be typical customers, well then, small gun shop owners really have no choice. The slightest technical infraction from among the volumes of federal firearms laws will get a small gun shop owner served!
Personally, I see things getting worse before there's any chance of improvement. Out-of-state agents will continue to entrap; NYC will continue to serve papers on unsuspecting gun shop owners; the news media will continue to besmirch the victims; and, smooth and very well funded politicians like Michael Bloomberg will continue to be politically-correct men of the hour!
The way things are setup, right now, it's win/win for Mayor Bloomberg, and lose/lose for small gun shop owners all over the east coast, as well as lose/lose for all of America's gun owners everywhere.