By Rachel Morgan, Marketing –
In November of 2019, Ethan Kollie, age 24 was found guilty of “illegally possessing firearms and lying on federal firearms form 4473.”
When police searched Kollie’s home, they found a pistol loaded with 30 rounds of ammunition, as well as other weapons and ammunition. Additionally, the search yielded marijuana and psychedelic mushrooms, including the equipment to grow the mushrooms.
When Kollie purchased his pistol, he was required to fill out a form negating any addiction or illegal use of drugs. Kollie indicated on the form that he was not taking drugs despite his use of marijuana and mushrooms.
It was discovered that had in his possession 4 different firearms at various times. Kollie used the guns for target practice with his friend, Connor Bates. He also helped Bates assemble the same firearm which Bates later used in a mass shooting. The use of firearms during target practice and the assembling of the gun make up for two instances of illegal possession of firearms.
As a result of his false statements and accounts of illegal firearm possession, Kollie was sentenced to 32 months in prison.
The topic of firearms is widely debated around the world. In general, as a people, we value our safety. For this reason, it is important to hold people accountable for their false statements, especially when highly dangerous weapons are involved. The 4473 form that Kollie filled out aimed to ensure that the firearm he purchased would not be used under the influence of drugs. Because Kollie lied on the form, the form was not able to fulfill its purpose.
Lie detection technology could further prove helpful in the screening of gun purchasers. EyeDetect®, a new lie detection technology, is designed to read a person’s pupil dilations while they take a standardized test. If the subject lies during the test, EyeDetect will know with 86% accuracy. Some of the same questions that appear on a 4473 form could instead be transferred to a lie detection test. The test results are instant, and the effects would help ensure public safety.