Something I wondered about that “online loophole” story…

How did the Government Accountability Office end up running an anti-gun entrapment scheme? Isn’t that ATF’s job?

Dem-ordered study to expose illegal online gun sales backfires

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.”

Oh. Figures.

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3 Responses to Something I wondered about that “online loophole” story…

  1. Ben C says:

    The GAO was probably involved because somebody realized how stupid the ATF is, and they didn’t want to run a sting where the ATF sold 74 guns to felons on the internet and then couldn’t trace them later so made zero arrests and recovered zero guns.

  2. Mike says:

    There is only one real reason that I can see for the ATF reporting “anonymity of the internet makes it an ideal means for prohibited individuals to obtain illegal firearms.” They are fighting a PR war to show they’re still relevant. They know there are things like this out there and it scares them:

    https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/509

    If they sit back and do nothing, sooner or later the ATF will be toast.

  3. Joel says:

    In a just republic, the ATF would have been extinct long ago if it were ever permitted to exist in the first place.

To the stake with the heretic!