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Response to gejohnston (Reply #14)
Wed Dec 19, 2012, 06:53 PM
farminator3000 (2,117 posts)
17. the loophole is IN THE FEDERAL LAW. they aren't breaking any law. they don't need a license
it isn't just gun shows- also flea markets and the internet. basically, the law puts seller on the 'honor system'
if you aren't filing papers who's to know if you are selling your private collection of 50 guns once a week?
no background check means you can buy as many guns as you want in 33 states- and then drive to a neighboring state that does have checks, and double your money on craigslist.
there aren't enough police to bust all these people, should we tell the criminals to back off a little while we build more jails?
yes, machine guns are illegal everywhere. what exactly is the difference between being able to shoot 30 bullets with one pull of the trigger in 10 seconds and shooting 30 with 30 pulls in 20 seconds?
What is the "gun show loophole"?
The Gun Control Act of 1968 requires anyone engaged in the business of selling guns to have a Federal Firearms License (FFL) and keep a record of their sales. However, this law does not cover all gun sellers. If a supplier is selling from his or her private collection and the principal objective is not to make a profit, the seller is not "engaged in the business" and is not required to have a license. Because they are unlicensed, these sellers are not required to keep records of sales and are not required to perform background checks on potential buyers, even those prohibited from purchasing guns by the Gun Control Act. The gun show loophole refers to the fact that prohibited purchasers can avoid required background checks by seeking out these unlicensed sellers at gun shows.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) estimates on average 2,500 – 5,000 gun shows are held annually. In general, between 25% to 50% of sellers are not licensed dealers.
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