Left-wing study to prove ease of online firearms purchases backfires

FOX– 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 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.”


14 Comments on Left-wing study to prove ease of online firearms purchases backfires

  1. Why don’t they spend their time
    & our $$$ with undercover investigations
    and stings of welfare fraud and disability fraud ???

  2. 2-1/2 years to try and buy 72 weapons? WTF? We paid these guys to look into buying two guns a month? Couldn’t have been a big priority for them either.

  3. Surprised they just didn’t lie about the results.

    That’s the standard operating procedure.

    izlamo delenda est …

  4. It’s as though they wanted the results they got: part of the act was to explicitly say to the prospective seller that the buyer was a prohibited person one way or another.

    I have done business with private sellers, buying guns and ammo listed for sale by private parties on a popular firearm-oriented web site. Not once did anybody I bought from ask if I were one of those prohibited persons, and I never volunteered the fact that I am NOT.

  5. Still awaiting the results of the “gun show loophole” investigation. Or did they already do one, and do a better job of suppressing (or should that be silencing?) the results than they did here?

  6. I’ve bought a few guns online, both auction & discount gun sites – all of them require you to have your gun mailed to your FFL dealer or smith, where you will show valid ID and complete form 4473 – no exceptions. I can’t see any dealer I know risking their license to make an illegal sale.
    What a fucking waste of taxpayer money these fishing expeditions are.

  7. 🔫 I can pay $500 to D’Quan, and he’ll get me any handgun I want. 🔫–usually by the next day.

    *Note: There’s a D’Quan in every major city.

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