This is rich; a guy is suing for the right to own a tank. He’s a Seattle billionaire who donated a half-million dollars to Washington state’s Initiative-594, a gun control measure that would put more restrictions on gun owners. It would mandate background checks for all gun sales, even at gun shows and in private sales.
But this same guy is in a legal battle over a tank. A Panzer IV from World War II. He paid the owner $2.5 million, and so far, the owner has kept the money and won’t give up the tank. Now, this billionaire gun control proponent has sued for this weapon of war. The SF Gate reported:
Billionaire Microsoft co-founder and Seattle Seahawks owner Paul Allen apparently doesn’t get everything he wants – at least not yet.
A Soviet Scud surface-to-surface missile was a no-problem purchase for him at $349,000. A rusty and inoperable Cold War-era M55 self-propelled howitzer was a comparable bargain at $45,000.
But when it came to an authentic Panzer IV, a World War II-era German tank, Allen, an avid collector of historical military planes and other equipment, has had to go to court in Redwood City, even after paying $2.5 million for it.
One of Allen’s companies, Vulcan Warbirds, filed suit Wednesday in San Mateo County Superior Court alleging breach of contract and other violations after it paid $2.5 million for the rare tank in July and the owner subsequently refused to turn it over.
The kicker: The would-be seller not only still has the tank, but also Allen’s $2.5 million.
I remember one of Piers Morgan’s heated arguments about gun control with one of his guests, and he said that the gun rights position is a slippery slope. If people should be allowed to own a semi-automatic rifle with a 30-round magazine, where should the line be drawn? Should people be able to buy grenade launchers or tanks?
If he had asked me, I would have said yes. I don’t have any problem with someone wanting to buy a grenade launcher or even a tank. Tanks can be pretty expensive, but if you’ve got the money, go for it.
Like Paul Allen, a co-founder of Microsoft. He’s rich. He can do whatever he wants with his money. He wanted a tank. So he bought it. But he also wants to make it more and more difficult for average people to own guns.
Apparently, that gun control measure that he and several other rich people donated to doesn’t say anything about tanks. In their attempt to get rid of the dreaded “gun show loophole,” they conveniently left out a “tank loophole.”