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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Hiding in Plain Sight

In Vermont, domestic abusers and drug traffickers are evading background checks and buying guns online in plain sight.

Online and Off the Record

Criminals and domestic abusers are prohibited from buying firearms, but until voters in Washington State passed a bill to close them, loopholes in the law made it easy for them to get guns.

Business As Usual

A regulation that clarifies the “engaged in the business” standard would clarify for gun sellers whether they need to get a federal firearms license — and consequently comply with all dealer regulations and conduct background checks. And it would put teeth into the federal statute that law enforcement use to prosecute gun traffickers and high-volume sellers who feed the criminal market.

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.