So the talk of the town is the GAO’s Internet Firearms Sales report.

That would be the one — commissioned by anti-human/civil rights activists Elijah Cummings [D-MD]and Elizabeth Warren [D-MA] — in which the GAO attempted to purchase guns on the Internet while posing as prohibited persons.

They made 72 attempts on public sites. All failed. Twice, they thought they’d succeeded only to discover they were scammed; folks took their our money and never shipped guns.

Go figure. Gun owners who often are gun owners because they want protection against bad guys are generally not going to knowingly provide guns to bad guys.

Well, they had to come up with something for Congressional weasels, so they went to the “Dark Web,” to sites specifically set up for illegal black market transactions. They skipped the part about claiming to be prohibited persons.

And still only succeeded twice, out of seven attempts. I have no doubt that Cummings and Warren will present that as a 29% success rate rather than 2.5%.

If it’s really that high. One firearm they purchased was billed as an Uzi converted to full-auto. The report notably says, “If the firearm meets the NFA’s definition of a machine gun, the seller’s prior possession of the Uzi, and the shipment to our agent, likely violated federal law.” Which means they aren’t sure they got what they ordered.

Interestingly, while the report mentions prices paid in other online stings, they neglect to tells us how much they paid for an old AR-15 or a dubiously “converted” subgun.

Carl is an unpaid TZP volunteer. If you found this post useful, please consider dropping something in his tip jar.


Ed. note: This commentary appeared first in TZP’s weekly email alert. If you would like to be among the first to see new commentary (as well as to get notice of new polls and recaps of recent posts), please sign up for our alert list. (See sidebar or, if you’re on a mobile device, scroll down). Be sure to respond when you receive your activation email!


3 thoughts on “Stung”

  1. The whole of the report presents a giant steaming ball of anti-gun Narrative [TM] fail.

    I expect they’ll try to spin it as government agents doing a bad job at the sting, allowing themselves to be “made”. However, the reality is private citizens are FAR more “woke” to gun laws, government stings, prohibited persons, and straw purchases than the likes of Elijah Cummings (D-bag – MD) and Elizabeth Warren (Dunce – MA) believe or will admit, and won’t sell to just anyone. Further, the reality is the GAO report is likely a fairly accurate representation of how internet “sales” (more properly, “agreements for in-person lawful transactions, arranged over the internet”) of firearms really work.

    In short, The Narrative [TM] fails in practice, but don’t expect them to let it die a well-deserved death.

    The Narrative [TM] may be built on lies, but without it they have nothing.

    Which begs the question again: If their cause is so righteous, why do they have to lie?

  2. I wonder. Did the feds have the gall to try to prosecute the people that scammed them for not delivering up an illegal firearm? Twenty years ago, I doubt that any federal employee would have even considered it, now I’m not so sure.

    1. Legally, taking payment for an online sale without the intent of delivering is wire fraud. But since they didn’t mention forwarding those for investigation/prosecution (as they did the black market purchases), I suspect they realized all the “sellers” had to do (and may even have done so) is say, “Gee, Mr. DA; it’s an interstate sale. I’m waiting on them to provide their FFL’s shipping information. I’m canceling and refunding in 30 days if I don’t get it.”

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *