An interesting comment from DDS underneath wbex.org’s revelation that The Windy City is hosting a gun control confab. The attendees are striving to close the proverbial “gun show loophole.” That’s the lack of national legislation requiring all firearms sellers to run all firearms buyers though the FBI’s criminal background check system. Aside from the fact that gun show sales represent a fraction of the ballistic weapons used in gun crimes, DDS points out that any such legislation would have to come from the Department of Redundancy Department . . .
There is no “gun show loophole”. The laws that apply to firearms laws apply to all firearms sales, the ones in your kitchen, your neighbor’s garage, the local gun show, a gun shop, or Wallmart.
The distinction is in whether or not the seller is “engaged in the business” per BATFE. If so they are required to have a Federal Firearms License and to run a background check through NICS, the National Instant Check System NO MATTER WHERE THE SALE TAKES PLACE!
Other sellers cannot run said background check even if they wished to do so, because the system requires the sellers FFL number for the check to be run. The irony is that many of the people described above as “private sellers” used to have FFL’s, but were required to give them up by the Clinton administration.