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Zero-tolerance for lying gun grabbers…
“Gun laws in the United States don’t make much sense”.
On this, Obama and I agree. I doubt, however, that we share the same reasoning.
1. Anybody Can Buy a Firearm
False. There are three major federal restrictions on who may purchase firearms in the United States (not including the many state and local restrictions).
2. Any Firearm Can Be Purchased..
False. Under federal law, machine guns made after 1986 may not be purchased by civilians (more on this under lie No. 5 below). Also, the National Firearms Act of 1934 (NFA) regulates other firearms which may be purchased, but clearly not in the way insinuated by Obama’s comments (more on this under lie No. 3 below).
3. A Firearm Can Be Purchased at Any Time
False. When purchasing a firearm from a federally licensed gun dealer (FFL), background-check requirements must be satisfied. In most cases, this includes a background check being run through the federal National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). However, many states use their own background check system.
4. Firearms Can Be Purchased with Few Regulations
False. If you’ve been paying attention so far, the United States has many regulations on the purchase and possession of firearms.
5. Firearms Can Be Purchased Over the Internet
False (well, at least in the way the comment was likely meant). It seems clear that Obama wants people to think that a gun can be purchased online and shipped straight to a purchaser’s home like any other online purchase. This is not true.
t is technically true that firearms may be purchased online. However, when a person purchases a firearm online from an out-of-state retailer, the firearm must first be shipped to a local FFL, where the purchaser must appear in person to fill out the federally required paperwork and satisfy the background check requirements.
Therefore, although it is true that the payment may be made online, the firearm may not be purchased over the internet like any other unregulated product.
6. Anyone Can Purchase a Machine Gun
False. First, see lie No. 2 above. “Anyone” may not purchase a firearm, let alone a machine gun.
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