In 2016, The BAFTE (ATF) issued a report that the internet makes it easy to illegally purchase firearms by prohibited persons. Sales of firearms across state lines using the internet was also reported by the ATF to be an effective way to bypass the federal laws.
Three congresspersons (Representative Elijah Cummings, Senator Elizabeth Warren and Brian Schatz – all liberal gun banners) jumped at the chance to prove the ATF report as true. They had the GAO (General Accounting Office) attempt to purchase firearms through the internet posing as prohibited persons or request sales be shipped across state lines.
They spent 2-1/2 years at this endeavor. And were totally surprised at the results. All 72 attempts failed. The GAO was unable to illegally purchase firearms through the internet!
According to the report, “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 report says investigators’ website was frozen or they encountered suspected scammers.
Based on the findings of the study, the GAO said it is “not making recommendations in this report.”
The gun banners’ attempt to show the need for more gun control failed miserably, and it failed because their premise that internet sales of firearm is inherently evil was wrong to begin with.
The ATF should do some real studies before they make outrageous and false claims.