Criminals know about this loophole, and they exploit it every day. Thousands of people who are barred from legally purchasing guns have been flocking to the internet to evade background checks and buy guns. Research by Everytown has shown that just one online gun marketplace — Armslist.com — transfers an estimated 25,000 guns to criminals each year. And in some states, the share of people seeking guns online who are prohibited from buying them is as high as one in ten.

online gun sales

online gun sales

Felon Seeks Firearm, No Strings Attached

The online marketplace for guns is vast — and growing. Each year, millions of people connect through online ads to buy and sell firearms.

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Reports Online Gun Sales April 7, 2015

No Questions Asked

In Oregon, domestic abusers and meth users are evading background checks and buying guns online in plain sight.
Reports Online Gun Sales January 21, 2015

Hiding in Plain Sight

In Vermont, domestic abusers and drug traffickers are evading background checks and buying guns online in plain sight.
Reports Online Gun Sales September 20, 2014

Online and Off the Record

Criminals and domestic abusers are prohibited from buying firearms, but until voters in Washington State passed a bill to close them, loopholes in the law made it easy for them to get guns.
Fact Sheets Online Gun Sales June 11, 2014

Summary of National Investigations of Online Gun Sales

by Mayors Against Illegal Guns

In 2013, Mayors Against Illegal Guns investigated the website Armslist.com and issued two groundbreaking reports about the growing and unregulated online market for guns.
Reports Online Gun Sales December 12, 2013

In the Business, Outside the Law

by Mayors Against Illegal Guns

Mayors Against Illegal Guns’ ongoing investigations of online gun sales practices expanded into the realm of high-volume private sellers, who undermine public safety by transferring tens of thousands of firearms every year over the Internet without conducting background checks.