Dem-ordered study to expose illegal online gun sales backfires

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Fox News

A Democrat-backed study meant to expose illicit online gun sales instead seemed to show the opposite — with hardly any sellers taking the bait when undercover investigators tried to set up dozens of illegal firearm transactions.

Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., as well as Sens. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, had commissioned the Government Accountability Office report to look into how online private dealers might be selling guns to people not allowed to have them.

Their efforts were based on a 2016 report from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), which claimed that “anonymity of the internet makes it an ideal means for prohibited individuals to obtain illegal firearms.”

“Congressional requesters asked that GAO access the extent to which ATF is enforcing existing laws and investigate whether online private sellers sell firearms to be people who are not allowed or eligible to possess a firearm,” the GAO report said.

Over the course of the two-and-a-half year investigation, agents tried to buy firearms illegally on the “Surface Web” and the “Dark Web,” generally by sharing their status as “prohibited individuals” or trying to buy across state lines.

But the GAO revealed that their 72 attempts outside of the dark web were all “unsuccessful.” …

“GAO’s findings showed nothing so much as that private sellers advertising online are knowledgeable about the law, conscientious, and self-policing,” The National Rifle Association said, adding that online gun sales are “subject to the same federal laws that apply to any other commercial or private gun sales.”

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3 Responses to Dem-ordered study to expose illegal online gun sales backfires

  1. czarowniczy says:

    FOR YEARS New Orleans entrepreneurs have been RENTING guns to bad guys. Wanna commit a Crime? Your SBA loan for a gun, mask and late-70s Oldsmobile with 24″ hi-pressure tires being held up by your parole officer? Nooooooo problem, just go to the Special Man, put down a few hundred and walk out with a Rent-a-Gat. Finish your crime, return the gun and you get a certain amount of your deposit back depending on prevailing rates.
    As explained to me by an NOPD officer in the know, if you lose the gun or get caught with it you lose your deposit. In the case of a gun you’re caught with the loaner gets someone to go to the PD and report the gun lost or stolen. At some point the gun’s returned to the loaner and it’s back to business. Of course this was pre-Katrina and everything’s soooooo much betterer now – no longer is the City’s property room a smaller version of a Big Box store. Cash, jewelry and other desirable items are actually being accounted for and not just disappearing from the shelves. It’s also said to be much harder to get a throwdown piece there too.
    While we’re at it why would one trust ATF, the authors of the book on how to sell guns illegally to criminals, to… oh never mind.


  2. hocuspocus13 says:

    Sounds a bit familiar…

    Fast and Furious #2


    • czarowniczy says:

      Moderation in the protection of the bureaucracy is no virtue; extremism in the defense of self-interest is no vice. Or something a lot like that.


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