Author Topic: Study: Fed. Invest. couldn't buy guns illegally online despite 2 years of trying  (Read 166 times)

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http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/01/08/dem-ordered-study-to-expose-illegal-online-gun-sales-backfires.html

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A Democrat-backed study meant to expose illicit online gun sales instead seemed to show the opposite -- with hardly any sellers taking the bait when undercover investigators tried to set up dozens of illegal firearm transactions.

Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., as well as Sens. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, had commissioned the Government Accountability Office report to look into how online private dealers might be selling guns to people not allowed to have them.

Their efforts were based on a 2016 report from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), which claimed that “anonymity of the internet makes it an ideal means for prohibited individuals to obtain illegal firearms.”

“Congressional requesters asked that GAO access the extent to which ATF is enforcing existing laws and investigate whether online private sellers sell firearms to people who are not allowed or eligible to possess a firearm,” the GAO report said.

Over the course of the two-and-a-half year investigation, agents tried to buy firearms illegally on the “Surface Web” and the “Dark Web,” generally by sharing their status as “prohibited individuals” or trying to buy across state lines.

But the GAO revealed that their 72 attempts outside of the dark web were all “unsuccessful.”

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Same subject, but with a few clearer details:

http://freebeacon.com/issues/federal-investigators-couldnt-illegally-buy-guns-legitimate-websites-despite-72-attempts/

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"The purpose of our Surface Web purchase attempts was to determine whether private sellers would knowingly sell a firearm to an individual prohibited from possessing one, as outlined by the Gun Control Act of 1968 (GCA)," Bagdoyan and McElrath said in their report. "Our agents used one of five scenarios based on a provision of the GCA when attempting to purchase a firearm. The scenarios involved overtly explaining why our agent was prohibited from possessing a firearm."

The investigators targeted websites based on whether they hosted nationwide or regional ads, the number of ads they could find, the variety of guns available on the site, how easy it was to access the site, and input from outside organizations like the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.

"To perform Surface Web testing, our agents accessed public gun forums and other classified ads where private nonlicensed sellers listed firearms for sale," the report said. "These forums and classified ads were identified from our meetings with ATF and third-party entities, and a review of available documentation."

The GAO had originally planned to conduct 75 attempts at illegal purchases on otherwise legitimate sites but gave up after 72 straight failures.

The investigation, first highlighted by the Daily Beast‘s Lachlan Markay, had better luck on a collection of websites known for criminal trafficking the GAO refers to as the "Dark Web." Investigators were able to make two gun purchases in seven attempts through the online havens for illegal activity.

"Our agents successfully purchased two firearms from sellers we located on a Dark Web marketplace as a result of seven total attempts," the report said. "ATF officials stated that the Dark Web is completely anonymous and is designed to facilitate criminal activity online."

The GAO was able to purchase one semi-automatic AR-15 from a Dark Web seller and one Uzi that was advertised as being capable of automatic fire. The agency said it forwarded information about the likely-illegal sales to appropriate law enforcement agencies for follow up.

It's very rare these days that I read anything in the news that actually puts me in a good mood. This is actually one of those days, and I can't believe how deliciously ironic this all is.

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Not so sure they are telling the WHOLE story,, as usual.

I read elsewhere,  The two weapons they "claim" they "could" purchase were BOTH SCAMS.  :th_thicon_funny:

cummings and warren could piss up watching paint dry.  :rocknroll2:
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if the reporting is true, notice the word "how" is used, and not "if" they could be bought illegally. so their intentions were clearly biased as to what they wanted to see happen. sadly it looks like they were fooled and shown how they are ill informed of the subject.

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if the reporting is true, notice the word "how" is used, and not "if" they could be bought illegally. so their intentions were clearly biased as to what they wanted to see happen. sadly it looks like they were fooled and shown how they are ill informed of the subject.

Pretty typical LIBERAL study AND reporting with carefully crafted wording "TRYING" to produce " THEIR" desired result.  :th_thicon_question:.
Politicians are like diapers, they should be changed often, and for the same reason.

There are two kinds of people in the world my friend. Those with loaded guns, and those who dig. YOU DIG.  " Blondie".

Well, any man that wouldnt cheat at cards for a poke, dont want one bad enough. " Gus".