I have forwarded this to the Houston office. There is no straw purchase
since the transaction does not involve a licensed dealer. However the
owner did sell a firearm to a non-resident of Texas which is a
violation of 18 U.S.C. 922(a)(5).
is almost right. It is exactly the impression that the video is
supposed to leave in the mind of the viewer. But there are two
significant danger signals, too.
This particular email appears to be focusing on the seller.
The author doesn't appear to be aware of the (invisible) straw Texan that has been postulated.
It would be a shame if the seller got nailed and the buyer got off
scott-free. The seller MAY be legally in the wrong, if sold
directly to Griffin and did not check for a Texas ID. But it
falls into the category of a typical mistake for which I have a fair
amount of sympathy.
However, if there was a straw Texan involved, the seller is off the
hook and the straw Texan and Griffin himself are threatened
instead. The question in that case, as noted earlier, is: who
owns the gun? The straw Texan? Or Griffin, who videotaped
himself pretending to own it and pretending to pay for it?
We'll have to wait and see if the BATFE can sort it out.