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Study to Expose Illegal Online Gun Sales Backfires

Rep. Elijah Cummings

Here is a headline you won’t see in the mainstreet media, “Democrat-backed Study Meant to Expose Illicit Online Gun Sales Goes Bust! Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., was joined by Sens. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass. and Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, to commission a Government Accountability Office report to look into how online private dealers might be selling guns to people not allowed to have them. The problem was, quite frankly, you—the honest and responsible gun owning public! The GAO proved what we already know, by definition, law-abiding gun owners are just that—law abiding.

Rep. Elijah Cummings
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., led the charge for GAO to commission the report.
The commissioners of the GAO Report were reportedly basing their support 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.

The investigation spanned about 2.5 years where agents tried to buy firearms illegally on the “Surface Web”, social media sites and even the “Dark Web.” Agents, at times, portrayed themselves as being prohibited from legally owning a weapon or attempted private sales across states lines. Dozens of attempts outside of the dark web resulted in exactly ZERO illegal sales! “Private sellers on Surface Web gun forums and in classified ads were unwilling to sell a firearm to our agents that self-identified as being prohibited from possessing a firearm,” the GAO reported, noting that in their “72 attempts … 56 sellers refused to complete a transaction once we revealed that either the shipping address was across state lines or that we were prohibited by law from owning firearms.” In the other cases, the investigators’ website was frozen or they encountered suspected scammers.

The Dark Web is more nefarious but still yielded little in the way of illegal sales. On the Dark Web, agents were able to illegally purchase two firearms. The serial numbers were obliterated on both guns and they were shipped across state lines. I guess bad people really don’t follow the law. On these dark web purchases, the agents “did not disclose any information indicating they were prohibited from possessing a firearm.” However, anyone selling firearms on the Dark Web with obliterated serial numbers would not have likely cared.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren
Sen. Elizabeth Warren joined with Sen. Brian Schultz, D-Hawaii, and Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., to commission the GAO report.
Surprisingly, the stunning failure to get law-abiding gun owners to consent to illegal sales caused the GAO to state, “It is not making recommendations in this report.” News agencies have reached out to the sponsors of the reports. However, all have declined to comment at this time. On the other hand, the National Rifle Association had a bit to say about the report and noted that online sales are in fact regulated, calling the study an “embarrassment” for the gun control lobby.

“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 and state laws that apply to any other commercial or private gun sales.” The NRA described the study as an attempt to model the findings of former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s 2015 report, titled “Point, Click, Fire: An investigation of illegal online gun sales” which reportedly found that 62 percent of private sellers were willing to proceed with a sale, even if the prospective purchaser could not pass a background check.

Am I the only one who finds it strange that an anti-gun report commissioned by Michael Bloomberg said 62% of private sellers were willing to proceed with a sale when the ATF could not find even one… Share your answer in the comment section.

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Comments (49)

  1. I’m in Quartzsite, AZ, for the RV Show. Went through the local “White Sheet” looking at what might be available. About 50% of the ads specified “AZ ID” required. Didn’t even call anybody – most of the asking prices looked to be close to retail. Haven’t checked out the vendors as yet – next week.

  2. Of the twenty-seven word s that appear in OUR Second Amendment I do not see any CAVEAT as to who is allowed or not allowed to Keep and Bear Arms. What part of “The right of the ‘people’ to keep and bear arms” isn’t clear??? AMY restriction is contrary to the Rule of Law and therefore illegal and unenforceable!!!!

  3. Once again another waste of our tax$!!!!!! An our laughable politicians just don’t get that law bidding citizens are just that law bidding, let’s ask both party’s how many laws they have broken while being in office!!! Sad sad sad little jokes our politics are, good thing the rest of the world isn’t watching this train wreck!!!! I would like to see my over taxed paycheck go to something like making sure our vets are being cared for not just tossed away!! Amazing we have enough money to bail the banks outs an give the biggest tax cut in history to our rich companies an fellow republicans an democratic, but if your a family of 4 or just you an your trying to keep from sinking it’s a big F&@$ you!!!! Glad we take care of illegal immigrants that come here illegally!!!!!!!

  4. I wonder what the cost of a two and a half year investigation cost,,and how much real American worries were not looked at because GAO had men looking for ghosts,,,,

  5. I think it’s a eye opener that only the totalitarian anti-Constitutional democrats constantly attempt to violate that which limits their power and here they are again attempting the violate our 2nd amendment inalienable rights. Now that their attempt to violate our rights to bear failed what will happen to them and if nothing why?

  6. Come on Mr. President… DRAIN THE SWAMP!
    END Government PERKS or give them to EVERY American NOW.
    Outlaw Public Servants getting RICH on OUR MONEY. Serve or Leave with nothing, severing all ties, funds & Healthcare for LIFE!

  7. Let’s see. The ATF could not succeed in purchasing online guns without background checks, but the FBI can sell confiscated guns to drug dealers without running background checks on them. (Or maybe they did find the ilk they wanted to sell to that way). I wonder where the true problem with unregistered gun transfers lay.

  8. Your Tax Dollars hard at work. Now imagine if your elected officials worked as hard for you as they do for the Special interest’s that donated money to them to “help” them get your vote. As the Republic crumbles around us, this is what they do.

  9. I can see why it didn’t work! If somebody wants to buy an illegal gun on line, they deffently deserve to be caught! A “criminal” does not have to be an idiot! If somebody were to get an illegal gun, the dumbest thing that they could do is leave a paper trail to there front door!

  10. What a shocker! Anti-gun folks using conjecture and fear mongering to further their agenda, and when their little study proves them wrong, it never happened.

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