The federals government’s Government Accountability Office (GAO) conducted an extensive practical experiment into the supposed “internet loophole” of online firearms sales in the United States, and recently published its findings. The report was commissioned by infamous anti-gun congressmen Representative Elijah Cummings (D-MD), Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), and Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI), and was reportedly done so in response to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives’ (ATF) claim that “anonymity of the internet makes it an ideal means for prohibited individuals to obtain illegal firearms.”
As it turns out, the office could find no such loophole existed in application on the regularly accessible internet (i.e., what the average criminal/prohibited person has access to), all such attempts at making an illegal purchase being unsuccessful:
(All emphases added, unless otherwise noted.)
Tests performed on the Surface Web demonstrated that private sellers GAO contacted on gun forums and other classified ads were unwilling to sell a firearm to an individual who appeared to be prohibited from possessing a firearm. Of the 72 attempts agents made to purchase firearms on the Surface Web, 56 sellers refused to complete a transaction: 29 sellers stated they would not ship a firearm and 27 refused after the disclosure of the undercover identities’ stated prohibited status. Furthermore, in 5 of these 72 attempts, the accounts GAO set up were frozen by the websites, which prevented the agents from using the forums and attempting to make a purchase.
Too bad, though. Democrats were so looking forward to crafting a solution looking for a problem.