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Re: “After teen's death in Raleigh, gun control advocates renew calls for reform

Gun show loophole is a myth:

This 40 percent figure comes from a 1997 report by the National Institute of Justice, a research agency within the Department of Justice, and was based on a telephone survey sample of just 251 people who acquired firearms in 1993 and 1994. This was years before the NICS system went into effect. Of the 251 participants, 35.7 percent said that they didn’t or “probably” didn’t obtain their gun from a licensed firearms dealer. Because the margin of error was +/– 6 percentage points, it was rounded up to 40 percent, although it could just as easily and legitimately have been rounded down below 30 percent.

In addition, if you subtract people who said they got their gun as a gift, inheritance, or prize, the number dropped from 35.7 percent to 26.4 percent. And, in terms of how many people actually buy firearms at gun shows, the data from this same survey indicated that in 1994, only 3.9 percent of firearms purchases were made at gun shows.

Additionally, are we checking that the person is OK for owning the gun, or the gun is OK for the person? Why are we including a serial number of the weapon? A true background check, would be something that the FFL would check the person, and only the person! Recording the serial number of the weapon, will NOT reduce, or prevent crime! It MIGHT however, solve where a gun came from, after the fact. Kind of like tracing the drunk drivers car to the dealership he bought it at.

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Posted by Actual Common Sense on 11/18/2014 at 6:55 PM

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