Just two weeks after the tragic shooting in Tucson, Arizona, private investigators went to a gun show in Phoenix, Arizona — one of thousands of such shows that occur across the country every year — to test two basic questions:
How easy is it to buy a gun without a background check?
* Answer: In a matter of minutes, an investigator purchased a Glock 9 millimeter and two high capacity magazines, similar to the weapon used by Jared Loughner, without background checks.
And, would unlicensed sellers sell guns to people who said they probably could not pass a background check?
* Answer: Yes. An undercover investigator purchased two 9 millimeter pistols from two different sellers, even after the investigator told the sellers that “I probably couldn’t pass a background check.”
Private gun sales, like those at gun shows, occur with no background checks, and provide a dangerous loophole that fuels the interstate and international market for illegal guns. These loopholes in our system make it too easy for dangerous people to get their hands on guns.
You can also watch videos from the 2009 Gun Show Undercover Investigation where 19 of 30 private sellers – 63% – broke the law by completing a sale to a buyer who they thought could not pass a background check.