Many in the media and the government continuously lie to us about gun ownership and the process of legally purchasing a firearm. One of the few good guys in government, Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley, debunks several of these common myths. Here’s my take-away from his article on the Daily Signal.
Firearm purchases at gun shows do not require a background check due to the “gun show loophole.”
The truth is that every sale by a licensed dealer at a gun show must include a National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) check. The vast majority of sales at gun shows are of this type. The only sales that don’t require a background check are peer-to-peer, non-dealer, sales. Individuals can rent a table at a show and sell some or all of their own personal collection of firearms. There are laws governing how much of this a person can do before they must register as a firearms dealer. Also, in such a transaction, it is already illegal to sell a firearm to someone the seller knows or believes to be a felon, fugitive or illegal alien.
Firearm purchases via the Internet don’t require background checks.
Wrong. You can’t just buy a gun from a store or dealer over the internet and have it shipped to you. A firearm purchased this way must be sent to a licensed dealer. The buyer must physically go to that dealer’s place of business, fill out the paperwork and have a background check run. An individual can sell to someone within the same state, though, just as they can at a gun show, or person to person.
Obama’s January 5 executive action is something new and massive.
For the most part, there’s really very little action in his words. It’s already law that someone engaged in the business of selling firearms must be a FFL (Federal Firearms License) holder. The vast majority of sales require a background check. His action doesn’t change any of this.
These executive actions will keep firearms out of criminals hands.
This is just an outright lie. These actions change almost nothing, and the things they do change won’t keep criminals from getting guns. The executive order mainly addresses the legal processes of buying a gun. But (spoiler alert) criminals don’t purchase guns through legal channels.
American’s believe greater gun control will make the United States a safer place.
This is another lie. According to a Gallup poll from last year, the majority of Americans think the United States would be safer if more people, legally, and with proper training, carried concealed weapons.
This last point is one that really makes me mad. The media and this president lies to America about what America really thinks and feels. Why are they threatened by the truth? You simply cannot trust them. Know your rights, know the laws, know the facts.