Video: Busting the Myth of the Gun Show Loophole

May 7, 2014 - 4:20 PM

On April 25, MRCTV's Dan Joseph decided to go to the Nation's Gun Show at the Dulles Expo Center in Chantilly, Virginia.  Arguably, it was probably one of the safest places to film a segment for MRCTV, especially with all the police on-site. As liberals continue to harp about expanding background checks and closing to so-called gun show loophole, Joseph asked a few vendors about the process involved when it comes to buying their merchandise.

No, this isn't a flea market.  This isn't like any store where you can just put money down and leave with your goods.  You have to go through background checks, and vendors will absolutely not sell to anyone with a criminal record.

Vendors say they won't even talk business with someone they think is suspicious.

So, if you want to buy a gun at a gun show, or from federally licensed firearms dealer (FFL), here's the typical process.

You have to fill out a 4473 form with the federal government. And yes, there is a section that says you're screwed if this firearms purchase is for someone else - a straw purchase - who isn't eligible to have a gun.

Second, any FFL is required by law to do a background check, which also debunks the bogus "forty percent" myth peddled by anti-gun liberals.  Now, it varies from vendor to vendor, but some also conduct a mental health check through the state police website.  If you fail a background check in Virginia, you'll most likely be arrested by law enforcement, one vendor said.  At the Nation's Gun Show, the Virginia State Police are the law enforcement authority on-site.

On a side note, yes, private gun sales are made without background checks, but as John Lott noted, "If you look at guns that were bought, traded, borrowed, rented, issued as a requirement of the job, or won through raffles, 85 percent went through FFLs; just 15 percent were transferred without a background check. If you include these transfers either through FFLs or from family members, the remaining transfers falls to 11.5 percent. We don't know the precise number today, but it is hard to believe that it is above single digits."