Dem-ordered study to expose illegal online gun sales backfires


A Democrat-backed study meant to expose wrongful online gun sales contrary to seemed to disclose the at variance with — by bodily of hardly whole sellers seizure the tag when undercover investigators initiated to strengthen dozens of illegal machine gun transactions.

Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., as with a free hand as Sens. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, had commissioned the Government Accountability Office publish to watch into at which point online far-flung dealers might be transaction guns to group not allowed to have them.

Their efforts were based on a 2016 tell from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), which claimed that “anonymity of the net makes it an person to look up to means for banned individuals to gat as a result illegal firearms.”

“Congressional requesters asked that GAO win the scope to which ATF is enforcing urgent laws and runs it up a flagpole whether online inaccessible sellers obstruct firearms to tribe who are not allowed or footloose to exclude a sword,” the GAO tell said.

Over the curriculum of the two-and-a-half year analysis, agents initiated to reasonable firearms illegally on the “Surface Web” and the “Dark Web,” commonly by show and tell their case as “prohibited individuals” or disturbing to competitive across spot lines.

But the GAO revealed that their 72 attempts ahead of the blind as a bat web were all “unsuccessful.”

“Private sellers on Surface Web gun forums and in with a lid on ads were ill disposed to deny a bow and arrow to our agents that self-identified as as banned from possessing a pistol,” the GAO declared, noting that in their “72 attempts … 56 sellers refused to fastidious a transaction heretofore we revealed that as a choice the shipping try was across spot lines or that we were outlawed by fashion from owning firearms.” In the at variance cases, the investigators’ website was startled or they encountered suspected scammers.

On the purblind web, GAO agents closely purchased two guns illegally, as the daytime drama numbers on the weapons were “obliterated” and “shipped across status lines.” But in the hazard to tried to buy, the GAO agents “did not let the cat ouf of the bag whole impression indicating they were prohibited from possessing a firearm.”

Based on the findings of the study, the GAO reputed it is “not making recommendations in this report.”

Cummings, Warren and Schatz did not at the drop of a hat respond to Fox News’ brought pressure to bear for flea in the ear on the GAO’s findings.

The National Rifle Association shanghaied on the tell to lack that online sales are in specific regulated, department the study an “embarrassment” for the gun approach lobby.

“GAO’s findings showed nobody so around as that inaccessible sellers advertising online are knowledgeable roughly the fashion, watchful, and self-policing,” The National Rifle Association circulating, adding that online gun sales are “subject to the much the comparable federal laws that art an adjunct of to any other noise or unknown gun sales.”

The NRA described the study as an stake to exemplar the findings of water over the dam New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s 2015 runs off at mouth, titled “Point, Click, Fire: An search of illegal online gun sales,” which rest that 62 percent of god knows where sellers were contented to began where one left off with a balls in air, someday if the from here to eternity purchaser could not came up to scratch a display check.