In an interview with The Lip TV, Stephanie Soechtig said that the producer was able to get a Bushmaster rifle and three handguns in less than four hours and without a background check.

“And that’s perfectly legal,” Soechtig said in the interview, which aired in February but has undergone more scrutiny in the wake of allegations of misleading editing in the documentary. “He wasn’t doing some sort of like, underground market.”

The host, incredulous, clarified that a Bushmaster is “one of those massive automatic weapons.”

Soechtig explained that it was the same type of assault weapon used in the Newtown shootings.

The only problem is, as Ammoland points out, if the producer did that, then the documentary team violated federal firearms law.

Under current federal law it is a violation for any person to transfer, sell, trade, give, transport, or deliver any firearm to any person who the transferor knows or has reasonable cause to believe does not reside in the state in which the transferor resides. (18 U.S.C. § 922(a)(5).) Thus, by asking a private party in Arizona to sell the Colorado producer firearms, Ms. Soechtig and her staff induced an otherwise law abiding citizen to commit a federal crime. There was nothing legal about what Ms. Soechtig and her staff did, despite their slanted attempt to portray in their documentary the private sale of firearms as unregulated and legal.