Originally Posted by From the LGS
While I agree it's encumbent upon the seller to withhold sale in situations in which it's clear the purchase is on behalf of someone else (ie, "straw" sale), I disagree that judging the measure of one's "use" of a purchased product (so long as that's lawful) should dictate whether a seller gets to rescind a sale.
It shouldn't matter whether a new buyer wants to shoot it, mount it, or set fire to it, or even to acquire it merely to make a point to his friends and scheming cohorts who will applaud the ease with which he's able to be a citizen in possession of his 2A-guaranteed right to keep/bear arms. Grousing about purpose isn't the seller's call, IMO, when that "grousing" gets in the way of a lawful and appropriate purchase.
A case could be made the buyer purchased something other than what was really offered for sale, since apparently its availability hinged on whether one was not a died-in-the-wool anti-gunner in disguise. Fraudulent offering??
While I think this buyer's intent was to prove points with his politically-wrongheaded cohorts, he has every right to make a lawful purchase for such purposes if he chooses to. And if that's what motivates him, he'll live with those motivations (pitiful though they seem to me).
EDIT -- To paraphrase (from the film An American President):
" America isn't easy. America is advanced citizenship. You've gotta want it bad, 'cause it's gonna put up a fight. It's gonna say, "You want free speech? Let's see you acknowledge a man whose words make your blood boil, who's standing center stage and advocating at the top of his lungs that which you would spend a lifetime opposing at the top of yours."
You want to claim this land as the land of the free? Then the symbol of your country cannot just be a flag. The symbol also has to be one of its citizens exercising his right to burn that flag in protest. Now show me that, defend that, celebrate that in your classrooms.
Then you can stand up and sing about the land of the free."