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.

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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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Videos Online Gun Sales December 14, 2011

Online Gun Sale Investigation Videos

by Mayors Against Illegal Guns and the City of New York

These videos accompanied the release of the City of New York's investigation of online gun sales. The report uncovered the extent of the online gun market, and this original footage shows how private sellers advertising guns online react when investigators say "I probably couldn't pass a background check."

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Research on Gun Violence in Nevada

Everytown's independent research on gun violence in the state illuminates the gaps in the system that make it too easy for dangerous people to get guns, and highlights the solutions that will help keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people.

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.

The Wild Wild Web

Invisible to most Nevadans, an unregulated commerce in firearms continues. And it’s facilitated by the same digital platforms driving the state's economic boom.

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.