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Buying Guns Online Without a Background Check: Is it Legal

Buying Guns Online Without a Background Check: Is it Legal?In most cases, when people purchase firearms on the Internet, they are required to go through a dealer who has a Federal Firearms License (FFL). But, with recent comments from President Barrack Obama, who said “a violent felon can buy the same exact weapon over the Internet with no background check, no questions asked,” you might be wondering: is this true? Well, as many pro-gun enthusiasts will tell you: it’s never legal for felons to buy guns in the United States of America. But, let’s not get too far away from the question at hand—is it possible for people in the U.S. to buy guns online without having to undergo a background check? The full truth is ‘no’. You can’t buy a firearm online without having a background check. This is because when you buy a gun online, the law requires the gun to be sent to a FFL dealer. You buy the gun online, because you pay for it online, but you must go to a FFL dealer to fill out the necessary paperwork and get a background check before you get your gun. So, what exactly was President Obama talking about? Well, there is more than 1 way to buy a gun online.

There are 2 Ways to Buy Firearms on the Internet

What if we told you buying guns online is as simple as buying clothes? In many ways it’s true: you find what you want, you add it to your online shopping cart, and you complete your purchase. But, the gun you buy isn’t going to be shipped to your home. It’s going to be shipped to a FFL dealer of your choice. Buying from a FFL dealer is probably the most popular way to buy guns online. But, there are other options, for example: you can participate in online gun auctions, like on Gunbroker.com. On this website, people bid on firearms like you would bid on eBay. When you win, the seller ships your new firearm to a FFL dealer near you. These 2 ways are really the only ways you can actually purchase firearms online, because you pay for the firearms online and the guns you purchase are shipped to a dealer near you, meaning you never have to meet the seller of the guns. With both of these options, you are required to undergo a background check. In reference to what President Obama was talking about, however, there is a third way for how you can learn about firearms available for purchase via the Internet: through websites that do not conduct gun sales, but connect buyers and sellers of firearms. With websites like these, like Armslist.com, you don’t buy guns on the Internet. Armslist.com is very similar to Craigslist, where you, as a buyer or a seller, can connect with other buyers and sellers of firearms. When you connect, you can either work out a way to ship the firearm to a local FFL dealer or, if you live in the same state, you can meet in person and conduct a private gun sale, which does not always require a background check.

Private Gun Sales in 38 States Do Not Require Background Checks

In the United States, there are 12 states where if you buy a firearm, regardless of where the person you are buying it from lives and how you are obtaining the firearm, you are required to undergo a background check. These states include: California, Colorado, New York, Oregon, Connecticut, Delaware, Rhode Island, Washington, and D.C. If you live in 1 of the other 38 states, then you are required to undergo a background check when buying firearms unless you are purchasing a gun from another individual who lives in the same state as you. This person might be your best friend, a neighbor, or a friend of a friend. Or, it might be someone you met on the Internet. If you buy a gun from someone who lives in the same state as you, and you live in a state that does not require background checks for private gun sales, then you can get that gun, no questions asked. And this is what Obama was referring to when he said: “a violent felon can buy the same exact weapon over the Internet with no background check, no questions asked.” There are advertisements online for private gun sales and violent felons can potentially obtain weapons without background checks by partaking in these sales, as long as they live in a state and purchase from a seller in the same state that does not require background checks for private gun sales. Regardless of who’s buying and who’s selling, it is up to the discretion of the seller to not make sales to people who seem to be prohibited from buying firearms.

Why Doesn’t the U.S. Regulate Private Gun Sales?

You might be wondering why the United States does not regulate private gun sales. Well, the simple answer is the law that instituted the background check system for gun purchases, called The 1993 Brady Law, exempts private sales, including online. However, as you can see with the 12 states that require background checks for every firearm sale, including private gun sales, the law might just be changing soon, but only time will tell.

Where You Can Buy Firearms Online

You can learn more about Deguns’ online gun buying process on our website, in addition to further details regarding federal, state, and local gun laws. We make the online gun buying process simple and fast. Simply find the gun you want, choose your local FFL dealer, and pick up your firearm at that location. Visit deguns.net today to view our store’s full selection of firearms. Contact Deguns today by calling us at 402-875-6500 or fill out our online contact form and we will be in touch with you soon.