SHOCK: Persons obtain 22 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 thief or thieves who forced entry into a Mason, OH firearms retailer wouldn't have been able to do so had the law mandated background checks for every firearms transfer.
From the WKRC (Cincinnati CBS):
A total of 22 firearms were stolen from Firepower Arms and Supply after a burglary early Saturday morning.
"The inventory indicates that 17 handguns taken and five long gun rifles that were taken,” said ATF Public Information Officer Suzanne Dabkowski.
The ATF released to surveillance photos of a vehicle seen about the time of the burglary. The ATF believes it's a dark Ford Escape, possibly from 2008-2012.
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 absence 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.