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Video: Debunking the Gun-Show Loophole Myth

wtmoore1 Wrote: Apr 13, 2013 6:35 PM
Okay, Lars.... You obviously weren't paying attention to the content in the article. I didn't just pull 40% out of thin air. It's the result of studies that are questioned with respect to their methodology and timeliness. I simply pointed out that, even if the number is much lower (which the article fails to specify the exact rate they believe is more appropriate) most of us don't find the loophole between private sellers appropriate to utilize at gun shows or other places where you're competing with licenses sellers. The proposal to eliminate that particular exception doesn't apply to "word-of-mouth" sales, which covers selling your gun to your buddy privately. But there is NO reason why private sellers should be able to advertise
M444ss Wrote: Apr 13, 2013 11:07 PM
Why do you call it a loophole? All firearms dealers require a federal license and are required to conduct background checks - always, whether selling at a store, home office or gun show. Private sales are...private...and don't require a background check, whether at one's home, in the grocery store parking lot, or at a gun show. If private sellers have to run a background check at a gun show, then why not everywhere, every time? There is no loophole, just a desire to have everyone conduct a background check (which requires registration to be enforceable, which is the real goal).
By the way, the court ruled long ago that criminals can’t be compelled to obtain permits or register guns as that would involve self-incrimination.
wtmoore1 Wrote: Apr 13, 2013 6:37 PM
and sell even a single gun to the general public, or someone they don't know, without a background check. I don't know too many people who would find that standard to be a great imposition on their lives.
BigDog_is_Here Wrote: Apr 13, 2013 7:06 PM
You don't know much, period. You're simply full of it with your bogus "facts" and made-up stats. There is not a single shred of evidence that the private sales of firearms has led to any significant criminal activity, ever, in over 200 years of this republic's history. These ridiculous new rules punish innocent citizens with the blatant intent of creating a gun registry with a view towards confiscation. WRONG ANSWER.

Sens. Manchin and Toomey announced their ‘compromise’ on expanding background checks Wednesday, which, among other things, closes the “gun show loophole.” By law, all federal firearms licensees are required to conduct background checks for firearms transactions—even at a gun show. But gun control advocates repeatedly say that 40 percent of all gun purchases at gun shows are private sales and thus, not subject to a background check. Where are they getting this figure from and is it true? Heritage weighs in:

As The Washington Post has