A federal government sting operation demonstrated that the gun laws are not as loose as some would have you think that they are.
For years, the Progressives and Liberals of the country have been crying out for Congress to take action to pass “common sense” gun control legislation.
Though the Second Amendment of the Constitution is quite clear, that the Right to Bear Arms shall not be infringed, there are still those out there who are seeking to infringe.
One of the problems that gun control advocates point out are the “loopholes” that allow any Tom, Dick, or Harry to purchase a firearm without having to go through a background check.
The “gun show loophole” was an idea that suggested that gun buyers, who were restricted from purchasing firearms in their states, would travel across state lines to purchase their firearms at gun shows. They would then bring the guns back to their communities. While he was still in office, and speaking about the rising gun violence in Chicago, President Barack Obama said,
“The problem is, is that about 30 percent, 40 percent of those guns are coming from Indiana across the border, where there are much laxer laws. They go to a gun show in Indiana, where right now they don’t have to do a background check, load up a van, and open up that van and sell them to kids in gangs in Chicago…”
This entire “gun show loophole” theory was destroyed when conservative comedian, Steven Crowder, took his cameras to gun shows and gun stores to try to purchase firearms with an out of state licence and without going through a background check. Needless to say, he was unable to get his van full of firearms that could be sold to the kids in Chicago.
Another myth of the Left is the “Internet loopholes” that allow people who are prohibited from buying firearms to gain access to guns by using the Internet.
At the request of congressional leaders and over a two year period, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) sent federal agents online to see if they could convince private sellers to ship a gun to them after learning that they were prohibited from owning a gun.
Though the agents were able to secure weapons from the Dark Web, an area of the Internet that is known to offer black market goods and illegal services, they were unable to recreate the purchases on the Surface Web.
Via the GAO report:
“Tests performed on the Surface Web demonstrated that private sellers GAO contacted on gun forums and other classified ads were unwilling to sell a firearm to an individual who appeared to be prohibited from possessing a firearm.
Of the 72 attempts agents made to purchase firearms on the Surface Web, 56 sellers refused to complete a transaction: 29 sellers stated they would not ship a firearm and 27 refused after the disclosure of the undercover identities’ stated prohibited status.
Furthermore, in 5 of these 72 attempts, the accounts GAO set up were frozen by the websites, which prevented the agents from using the forums and attempting to make a purchase.”
The results are as expected, in that there is no Internet loophole for private sellers just like there are no gun show loopholes for gun sellers at gun shows. As it turns out, it’s not the law-abiding citizens who are the problem. Instead, we should be focusing on the criminals who are ignoring the laws on the books to begin with.