Gun Show Undercover

="color:white">A Report on Illegal Sales at Gun Shows

by the City of New York

October 2, 2009

In 2009, the City of New York conducted a multi-state investigation of gun shows to expose the threat posed by the “gun show loophole,” a term often used to describe the fact that federal law allows private sellers to sell firearms without background checks or record keeping. This loophole is closely associated with gun shows because they’re the largest and most central marketplaces for private sellers to connect with purchasers who are trying to avoid detection.

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The report, Gun Show Undercover, discovered that 63 percent of private sellers at gun shows would sell a gun to a person who admitted they could not pass a background check.

Watch undercover footage that shines a spotlight on these illegal sales at gun shows below.

Undercover investigators also conducted transactions with private sellers at gun shows in Arizona in which the investigator said he probably could not pass a background check.