Rep. Elijah Cummings and Sens. Brian Schatz and Elizabeth Warren spearheaded a demand that the Government Accountability Office (GAO) investigate a supposed ‘internet loophole’ they insisted allowed criminals and others barred from gun ownership to purchase firearms online.
Unfortunately for them, their investigation proved that the so-called loophole simply doesn’t exist.
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.
In other words, GAO agents posed as prohibited people on several dealer websites, attempting to buy firearms.
They failed to obtain a firearm in 100% of their attempts. The sad attempt at proving a ‘loophole’ was an utter failure.
The NRA-IRA soon picked up on the story:
In yet another embarrassment for the gun control lobby, a government investigation of online gun sales designed to determine “whether private sellers would knowingly sell a firearm to an individual prohibited from possessing one” determined that … no, actually, they would not. In 72 attempts undertaken over 2 ½ years, undercover agents trying to buy guns through readily-accessible Internet sites failed exactly 100% of the time to complete a sale when the seller had reason to believe the buyer was prohibited or lived in another state.
Ironically, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) report — “Internet Firearm Sales: ATF Enforcement Efforts and Outcomes of GAO Covert Testing” – was commissioned by three staunchly anti-gun members of Congress. Leading the charge was Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, who was joined by Sens. Brian Schatz (D-HI) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA).
If this investigation sounds familiar, it’s probably because it yielded the same results as investigations into the so-called gun show loophole.
‘Loopholes’ for purchasing guns are complete myths, as the GAO just proved.
Naive Democrats on Capitol Hill seem to think criminals, barred from purchasing guns in stores, buy guns anyway from retailer websites or gunshows.
Criminals don’t buy guns illegally from retailers, Senator Warren. Why would they even waste their time trying? They’re not restricted by the laws the rest of us follow. There’s an ample, unregistered supply for them off the street, as always.
Hot Air explains:
The sad part of all this is that there really is a problem with illegal gun sales in this country and the federal government (in league with state and municipal authorities) could definitely be doing more about it. One study after another by law enforcement officials has revealed that at least 40% of criminals convicted of gun crimes got their weapons on the black market, purchasing unregistered guns from other criminals. The same linked study found that another 37% had gotten their guns on the so-called “gray market” using straw purchasers who are, themselves, also criminals by definition.
Liberals invent these myths to promote restrictions and bans, focusing in all the wrong places for all the wrong reasons.
Then, when they try to prove these myths through investigation, they fail time and time again.
It would be sad if it weren’t so amusing.