Recently, we shot holes in the liberal bullcrap about people of color not benefiting from the economic recovery. Now here comes the US General Accounting Office blowing holes in the leftist hysteria about online gun sales:
In 2016, the Center also issued a report about Internet firearm transactions. This
and other ATF reports highlighted the following about Internet-facilitated firearm
• The relative anonymity of the Internet makes it an ideal means for prohibited
individuals to obtain illegal firearms.
• The more anonymity employed by a firearms purchaser, the greater the
likelihood that the transaction violates federal law.
• Firearm transactions that occur on the Dark Web are more likely to be
completed in person or via the mail or common carrier, versus through a
Federal Firearm Licensee.
GAO agents attempted to purchase firearms from Dark Web and Surface Web
marketplaces. Agents made seven attempts to purchase firearms on the Dark
Web. In these attempts, agents did not disclose any information about whether
they were prohibited from possessing a firearm. Of these seven attempts, two on
a Dark Web marketplace were successful. Specifically, GAO agents purchased
and received an AR-15 rifle and an Uzi that the seller said was modified so that it
would fire automatically. GAO provided referral letters to applicable law enforcement
agencies for these purchases to inform any ongoing investigations.
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. […]