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
Currently, federal law requires licensed gun dealers to conduct background checks for all gun sales, but in most states, background checks are not required for person-to-person sales by an unlicensed seller. Many of these sales take place between anonymous strangers who meet online, where a vast digital marketplace for guns has emerged. Today, hundreds of thousands of guns are available for sale from unlicensed online sellers at the click of a mouse, no questions asked and no background check required.