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Can’t Pass Background Check For Gun Purchase in Wisconsin?

December 15, 2011

Do not worry!

Really.

This is not news for those who follow the slimy dealings of gun merchants, gun slingers, and their patron saint the NRA, but that this report comes in an official way makes it truly nauseating.

Mayors Against Illegal Guns on Thursday announced results of an investigation into online gun sales in 14 states, and found 4 of 6 web retailers in Wisconsin were willing to sell to undercover buyers who said they couldn’t pass a background check.

“These four sellers were offering both handguns and assault weapons, with asking prices that ranged from $400 to $800 per gun,” the organization reported. “According to their internet posts, the sellers were located in Cedar Creek, Kenosha, Madison and Milwaukee.”

Delete Online Outlaws is a response to the national undercover investigation conducted by the City of New York. Investigators uncovered a vast, unregulated online market for illegal guns, where 62% of sellers on classified ad websites were willing to sell to individuals who admitted they couldn’t pass a criminal background check.

Sting: Undercover investigators contacted 125 private sellers from 14 different states advertising guns on 10 websites, including Craigslist and KSL.com. These represent a fraction of the more than 25,000 guns for sale on the websites investigated.

Scope of Problem: Currently, licensed gun dealers are required to conduct criminal background checks on prospective buyers, but because of a gap in the law, so-called “private sellers” do not need to. It’s estimated that more than 40% of gun sales are private sales. These sales are increasingly made on the internet, a haven for illegal guns according to the investigation. It is a federal felony to sell a gun to someone believed to be prohibited from purchasing a gun, such as a minor, a criminal or anyone declared mentally unstable by a court.

4 Comments
  1. December 16, 2011 11:17 AM

    Xoff Page,

    Most felons steal the guns they use in the commission of a crime..The only ones that don’t buy them from the US Attorney general and BATF… Wisconsinites (The honest, hard working, upstanding citizens) purchase guns from friends, on line, etc. for lawful purposes.

    To compare this to “don’t ask, don’t tell” shows a great deal of ignorance.

    The only thing you got right is that it’s perfectly legal..

  2. December 16, 2011 10:14 AM

    Half of the guns in Wisconsin are sold without a background check, because the sellers are not licensed dealers, so it’s all perfectly legal. It is a huge loophole, and allows people to sell guns online, through classified ads, across their kitchen table or the back fence, out of the trunks of their cars, you name it. It’s Wisconsin’s version of “don’t ask, don’t tell.”

  3. December 15, 2011 7:03 PM

    Oh, I almost forgot..”.Illegal guns according to the investigation”. Ya , right

    As for someone declared mentally unstable by a court….Appears from some of the rulings coming out of the courts, a lot of “mentally unstable” people are doing the declaring!!!!

  4. December 15, 2011 4:10 PM

    It is a federal felony to sell a gun to someone believed to be prohibited from purchasing a gun, such as a minor, a criminal or anyone declared mentally unstable by a court.

    And medical marijuana users as well…don’t forget about about them! The ObamaAdmin recently sent a memo out, reminding gun dealers that it is illegal to sell a firearm to anyone who has a medical marijuana card and/or admits to toking the herb. And just imagine if a GOP-controlled StateHouse manages to put “homosexuality” back on the list of mental illness…every gay person will instantly be banned from owning a firearm. The possibilities are endless, which is what I think the purpose of a “banned list” is actually all about.

    Don’t get me wrong, I understand the need to keep dangerous tools…be they a firearm or a jack hammer…away from minors. But if an adult is truly too dangerous to havea firearm, then they are too dangerous to be walking around in public. Banning a felon from owning a firearm for the rest of his life is just as much of a throwback to Jim Crow as banning a felon from voting for the rest of their life.

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