The Gun Show “Loophole”

“I just found out that you can buy a gun at the gun show without a background check,” says the person who never purchased a gun from a gun show but believes everything they hear or see on the news.

A simple Google search would tell you what the gun show “loophole” actually is. As per the Wikipedia definition, “[the] gun show loophole (…is a) political terms in the United States referring to sales of firearms by private sellers, including those done at gun shows, dubbed the “secondary market”.

Are you serious? You call that a loophole? So do we call the private selling of vehicles the Walmart parking lot loophole or maybe the OfferUp loophole?

Let’s have a quick educational lesson.

There is no such thing as a “loophole” when purchasing firearms. The law (in most states) does not require a private seller to perform a background check on the person they are selling a firearm to just as the state does not require a private seller to make sure the buyer has a valid driver’s license. The private seller is not required to do a criminal history or driving history report on the buyer of their vehicle. The seller provides the buyer a bill of sale and the vehicle is now into the possession of the buyer. There is no “loophole” when buying a car just as there is no “loophole” when buying a firearm from a private seller whether it be at a gun show or in the parking lot of a McDonald’s.

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