Gun Show Undercover Investigation Videos

by Mayors Against Illegal Guns

October 6, 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.

Investigators also conducted sales at gun shows in Arizona where they indicated that they probably could not pass a background check to further test the extent of the gun show loophole. Undercover videos of those transactions are below.

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