Yes, the deadly gun show loophole, favorite trope of gun-grabbers since I don’t remember when. According to the Legend of the Gun Show Loophole, any skeezy frood just out of slam and itching to pack heat could just stroll to the nearest corner gun show. There he would find veritable hordes of semi-sentient Limbaugh fans with missing teeth and dirty confederate flag t-shirts who would practically trample one another in their fever to press full-auto ghost gun saturday night special murder machines with hundred-round ammunition magazine clips and shoulder things that go up into his hands for purposes of rape, pillage and mayhem.
Yeah, gun shows are so seventies. This is the twenty-first century, and though we never got our flying cars we did get to watch gun-grabbers try to scrape some of the mold off that faithful old stereotype and update it for those hep cat millenials.
It was never necessary to prove that any “loophole” even existed in reality. In theory it was possible – hell, in theory any fender bender can erupt into gunfire if you “allow” “civilians” to carry concealed weapons, right? – and therefore it was a useful talking point.
Then somebody went and tried to ruin their fun by seeing if there really was any such thing as an online loophole…
Federal agents posing as criminals were unable to purchase any firearms from legitimate online marketplaces despite dozens of attempts over a two-year period.
Between July 2015 and November 2017 investigators from the Government Accountability Office (GAO), following up on a congressional request, tried to make the illegal private gun purchases through a number of online forums and market places. They made 72 attempts over that time but couldn’t complete a single sale using legitimate sites.
In 29 attempts the gun sellers refused the sale after being asked to illegally ship the gun to the buyer. Twenty-seven sellers refused after being told the potential buyer was a felon, domestic abuser, or otherwise prohibited from buying a firearm. Eleven sellers attempted to scam the investigators after finding out they were prohibited from buying firearms with two successfully obtaining money from investigators but never sending the promised firearm. Another five attempts to illegally purchase firearms were ended when the investigators’ accounts were shut down due to suspicious activity.
Apparently those gun show rednecks haven’t discovered online sales yet. Well.
But it’ll come. It just needs more time. Just like those gun battles over parking lot altercations we were promised if CC licenses were ever allowed to the unwashed – to say nothing of that horrid “constitutional carry,” my god – blood will run in the streets aaaaany day now. You watch.
Safe prediction: This will go down the memory hole as fast as possible, and will not change the rhetoric in any way. Yup – if they just keep pressing, some day they’ll get us back to the good old days…