Gun Myths #4

Myth: Gun Shows are supermarkets for criminals.

Only 0.7% of convicts bought their firearms at gun shows. 39.2% obtained them from illegal street dealers (Bureau of Justice statistics “Firearms Use by Offenders”). Any bona fide dealer at a gun show is still required to use the National Instant Criminal Background check System (NICS) for every firearm sale. Yes, individuals can sell weapons to each other without the check… But the possession of a firearms by a convicted criminal is illegal and the “regular” sale of weapons is actually construed as being in the business as a dealer. Being a dealer without a licensing (meaning that you must use NICS) is illegal, too.

Net takeaway: If somebody wants to get a gun of commit a crime, they will. Again, a criminal does not obey laws.


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