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 — — 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.

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Everytown Files Brief in Support of Gun Violence Survivor Yasmeen Daniel in Her Lawsuit Against Armslist

Everytown for Gun Safety filed this brief in the State of Wisconsin Court of Appeals for District I, urging the court to allow a suit against, brought by the family of a gun violence victim, to go forward.

Also featured in:  Everytown Law  

Point, Click, Fire

by Mayors Against Illegal Guns and the City of New York

On December 14, 2011, the City of New York announced a first-of-its-kind undercover investigation of illegal online gun sales. The investigation uncovered a vast and unregulated online market for illegal guns.

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.

Felon Seeks Firearm, No Strings Attached

by Mayors Against Illegal Guns

The online marketplace for guns is vast — and growing. Each year, millions of people connect through online ads to buy and sell firearms. And because many of the transactions are conducted by so-called ‘private sellers’ who are not required by federal law to conduct background checks, guns routinely change hands with no questions asked. In the digital age, convicted felons, domestic abusers and other dangerous people who are legally barred from buying guns can do so online with little more than a phone number or an email address.

No Questions Asked

In Oregon, domestic abusers and meth users are evading background checks and buying guns online in plain sight.