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gorfle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-02-09 05:18 PM
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54. Let's look at this article.
A new report from UC Davis researchers finds that American gun shows are the leading source of guns used in crimes, not just in the United States, but Mexico and Canada as well.

But this is not what is claimed at all:

The report shows the two-thirds of gun sales at gun shows are through licensed vendors. The others are sold through unlicensed vendors or private gun show attendees, who do not have to do background checks or file any paperwork. The study state that 85% of recovered crime guns have gone through at least one private party transaction following their initial sale by a licensed retailer.

Just because 85% of recovered crime guns have gone through a private transaction does not mean that that private transaction happened at a gun show.

"Illegal transactions were often conducted entirely out in the open," said Garen Wintemute, professor of emergency medicine at UC Davis School of Medicine and a leading researcher on firearm violence who authored the report. "The sense of impunity among sellers and purchasers in these cases was remarkable."

How did he know they were illegal transactions?

"Undocumented private party gun sale transactions account for as many as 40 percent of all gun sales," said Wintemute. "They are quick and convenient, and their anonymity attracts those who put privacy at a premium. These same attributes make private-party gun sales a principal option for a felon or other prohibited person."

Well holy fucking shit, imagine the audacity of people who put their privacy at a premium!

I have no doubt that private party gun sales account for many gun sales. Open up your town's local penny saver and you will find many firearms available for sale.


"We also need to update existing laws so that all private-party gun sales, not just those at gun shows, are subject to the same safeguards now in place for gun purchases from licensed dealers."

As long as they can provide for anonymous firearm ownership, I'm all for it. Otherwise, forget it.
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