Monday, December 24, 2012


Online gun sites are a threat to Americans...
Guns-for-Sale Websites Show Ease of Acquiring Firearms
By Alison Vekshin & Edvard Pettersson - Dec 24, 2012 10:55 AM MT
Bloomberg News

Online gun sellers are facing greater scrutiny after the second-deadliest shooting in U.S. history, spurring a nationwide debate and proposals to limit the availability of firearms.

Under current law, there’s a gaping Internet loophole which enables gun websites to facilitate illegal gun sales that result in gun crimes and gun deaths,” said Jonathan Lowy, director of the Legal Action Project at the Washington-based Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence and a lawyer representing Vesel’s family. “Felons, the dangerously mentally ill and domestic-violence abusers can buy guns no questions asked.”

There’s no background check required for private gun sales in most states, Lowy said.
And so are gun shows:
Private sellers at America's ubiquitous gun shows can sell any weapon to anyone without even asking for identification. Buying a semi-automatic at a gun show is as easy as picking up a loaf of bread in a supermarket.

Bloomberg has been pressing for years for a change in the law. Last year he released a video recorded at a gun show at which an undercover investigator was sold a gun even though he told the seller he could not possibly pass a federal background check.

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