This is garbage. Every firearm bought through a licensed dealer is subject to a background check. Obama's 40% came from 1994 just as the Brady Bill was coming into effect. The survey sample only included 251 people. Moreover, when asked if he or she bought from a licensed firearms dealer, the possible answers included “probably was/think so” and “probably not,” leaving open the possibility the purchaser was mistaken. Interestingly, while people often speak of the “gun show loophole,” the data in this 1994 survey shows that only 3.9 percent of firearm purchases were made at gun shows.