The TBS TV program "Full Frontal with Samantha Bee" showed that it is more difficult to buy the NRA mascot costume than to purchase a gun on its April 11 broadcast (video below).
Bee went on a quest to buy an Eddie Eagle costume, the gun lobby's character who teaches gun safety, notes Mediaite.com.
Bee introduced the segment by saying there had been 145 gun injuries and 70 gun deaths over the past 72 hours, and then introduced the rapping gun mascot who lectures children in cartoon form and in costume.
"There’s something about that costume," Bee stated. "So mockable. So asinine. I had to have one."
Bee first had to fill out the NRA's 18-page costume application, which includes 36 regulations for Eddie Eagle: No driving, no smoking, no drinking alcohol and no lack of clothing.
The NRA opposes waiting periods for guns, but has a 20-day waiting period for the Eddie Eagle costume application.
Bee tried using the free market, which the NRA endorses for gun sales, but there were no Eddie Eagle costumes for sale on eBay because of another NRA regulation: "Not for resale or profit."
Bee noted that someone from her show was able to use ArmsList.com to buy a gun from the back of someone's car at a Target store parking lot without a background check.
Bee called the NRA to check their "national registry of costumes," notes The Hollywood Reporter, to find out where she could get a costume, and was directed to a New Mexico gun show, which toddlers attended.
Bee's crew went to the gun show, but there were no Eddie Eagle costumes. Instead, Bee's producer bought an assault rifle by passing a "rigorous background check," which was saying "no" when a gun seller asked if she was a "felon."
Bee spotted a loophole in the NRA rules that allowed gun safety groups to buy the costume, and had her show's lawyers create a fake gun safety group in North Carolina in order to purchase the costume.
When Bee called the NRA, as a rep from her gun safety group, the NRA told her over the phone that they only sell it to law enforcement.
Bee then demanded to be able to buy the costume as part of her rights.
Bee later went to a home-builders expo in Nashville, Tennessee, where Eddie Eagle was making an appearance .
Bee met Eddie Eagle, swooned over him and offered $3,000 for his costume.
Eddie Eagle replied in a Southern drawl, "I can't do that."
Bee ended up making her own costume, which she showed off in her TV studio.