Questions from the Truth Squad: Gun Show Loopholes – Real or Fake?

I love questions from our Truth Squad Members. Taking the time to connect is one of my favorite parts of this gig.


What's the deal with Gun Show Loopholes? Is it real?

~ Matt

Here is my response to Matt. He asks a very valid point that helps educate others and arms him for the future.

There is no "loophole."

All laws are in force at a gun show. All federal, state and local laws apply. A firearms dealer is required to do a background check when he sells a gun -- inside a gun show or outside a gun show.

An individual who is not in the business of selling guns is not required to (in most states) -- inside a gun show or outside a gun show.

No difference in the law inside a gun show, so there is no "gun show loophole."

This is a smoke screen to do two things. 1. Eliminate gun shows. 2. Require the FBI to be involved anytime someone gives a gift of a gun, hands down a gun to a son or daughter, or sells a gun to a private party.

The ATF says that gun shows contribute to less than one percent of the guns used in crimes. Not a factor.

Yes, I think Bloomberg has conned these mayors. He says "gun show loophole" enough times, says it is to keep guns out of the hands of terrorists (yeah, they can buy any weapon in the world, anywhere in the world, but they need to go to Harrisburg, PA, and buy a gun at a gun show?????), and the mayors get in line.

Note: If a dealer is doing something illegal, put him in jail. If someone is dealing in guns without a license, charge him with a crime. But you should also know that the AFT refuses to define "in the business" as it relates to gun sales. Is five guns too many? Is 20 guns too many? We don't know, and they won't say. They have been asked many times over the last 40 years, since the passage of the 1968 Gun Control Act.

There are plenty of tools to deal with "criminal dealers" as you put it.  Just charge them with a crime. Don't invent new crimes.

Remember, the bottom line is that all laws apply inside a gun show. Thus, there is nothing special about gun shows, and there certainly is no "loophole" where being in a gun show allows one to circumvent the law.

Thanks for asking.

~ Tom


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