The Truth About Internet Gun Sales

From America’s 1st Freedom:

When President Barack Obama took to the national airwaves last week to call the 5 million law-abiding members of the National Rifle Association “liars,” it was actually the Prevaricator in Chief himself who spoke a litany of half-truths, deceptions, inaccuracies and outright lies.

Perhaps most prominent among these “whoppers” was Obama’s description of “Internet gun sales.”

“Today, background checks are required at gun stores,” he said. “If a father wants to teach his daughter how to hunt, he can walk into a gun store, get a background check, purchase his weapon safely and responsibly.”

So far, so good. But he then veered off the tracks. And unfortunately, many Americans who don’t understand gun laws probably believed him.

“The problem is some gun sellers have been operating under a different set of rules,” Obama said. “A violent felon can buy the exact same weapon over the Internet with no background check, no questions asked. … So we’ve created a system in which dangerous people are allowed to play by a different set of rules than a responsible gun owner who buys his or her gun the right way and subjects themselves to a background check.”

Truth is, federal law requires all firearm dealers, manufacturers and importers to be licensed, and requires such licensees to initiate a background check on a non-licensee to whom they intend to sell or otherwise transfer a firearm, without regard to where the transfer takes place.

In a nutshell, that means if you go to a site that actually sells guns on the Internet, the gun is shipped to a Federal Firearms License holder. When you go to pick up the gun, that FFL runs an NICS background check before you can receive the firearm. That’s in accordance with federal law—no ifs, ands or buts. Any variation on this formula is a federal crime, period.

What Obama is talking about here—and I believe he knows he’s not telling the truth—is advertisements for firearms sales on the Internet. This is, of course, perfectly legal, and it’s no different than a decade ago when many newspapers carried classified ads for guns.

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