SHOCK: Persons obtain 20+ firearms without background check
According to so-called "common-sense" gun control extremists like Mark Kelley's "Americans for Responsible Solutions," all we have to do to keep criminals from gaining access to firearms is to mandate that a background check be done before all transfers of firearms. Pass "universal" background checks, we're told, close the "gun show loophole," we're told, and we can stop mass shootings!
Indeed, the ARS website literally says that by mandating "universal" background checks we can "ensure that guns stay out of the hands of those prohibited by federal law." (emphasis added).
So according to these gun control extremists' "logic," the thieves who forced entry into a Seville, OH firearms retailer wouldn't have been able to do so had the law mandated background checks for every firearms transfer.
From the Medina Gazette:
At about 1:15 a.m., several unidentified individuals forcibly gained entry into the establishment at 123 Greenwich Road and stole 16 handguns and four rifles worth $9,000, according to the news release.
Before officers arrived, Seville police Sgt. Scott Phillips said the individuals fled the scene in a white Ford car that was caught on BMT video surveillance. Police observed damage to the front door and the outside security bars, he said.
While no suspects had been identified as of Wednesday afternoon, Phillips said video surveillance shows an individual wearing a hooded sweatshirt and another wearing a hooded sweatshirt and a beanie with a skull design.
The same individuals are suspected in an attempted break-in at Elite Tactical, 224 High St., Wadsworth, prior to entering BMT Firearms, the news release said.
Wadsworth police Lt. Dave Dorland said police received the call shortly after midnight Wednesday about an attempted break-in. No one was at the scene when officers arrived.
Dorland said the suspects caused minimal damage to the door and were unable to get into the store.
“We believe that they were spooked by something that interrupted their attempt to get in,” Dorland said. “The business is protected with a cell wall and safeguards that prevent people from getting in.”
How can this be? Mark Kelley, the ARSes and their ilk claim all we have to do to stop criminals from getting guns - the way that we can "ensure" they don't - is to pass another law. Never mind that it there is a law in place prohibiting the breaking and entering, there is a law in place prohibiting the stealing of those guns, and there are more laws in place prohibiting the thieves from selling them.
Why, if it's so easy for criminals to obtain guns in the absense of a "universal" background check law, does the ATF say that firearms stolen during FFL burglaries have risen by 72.53% since 2012, and that firearms stolen during FFL robberies have risen by 213.56% since 2012?
And yet they want the American people to think that a law requiring that a background check be performed on every sale would make the people buying these guns from these thieves on the street say, "I wish I could, but we need to do a background check first."
Gun ban extremists aren't worried about these criminals' stolen guns, and the fact that their laws wouldn't affect them make that obvious. What they are worried about is YOUR guns, which is why their proposals DO focus on you.
Chad D. Baus is the Buckeye Firearms Association Secretary and an NRA-certified firearms instructor. He is co-founder of BFA-PAC, and served as its Vice Chairman for 15 years. He is the editor of BuckeyeFirearms.org, which received the Outdoor Writers of Ohio 2013 Supporting Member Award for Best Website.