SHOCK: Persons obtain more than four dozen firearms without background check
According to so-called "common-sense" gun control extremists like Mark Kelly's "Giffords," 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, Kelly's group (formerly known as Americans for Responsible Solutions, or ARS) is on record saying 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 two separate Dayton-area firearms retailers wouldn't have been able to do so had the law mandated background checks for every firearms transfer.
From a recent report by WHIO (AM 1290 Dayton):
On Sunday, two people entered All American Trading Cards, 1690 Woodman Drive in Dayton, through an adjacent business and stole 21 firearms before leaving in a white pickup truck.
And from another WHIO article on a separate Dayton robbery four days later:
The day after three armed, masked men stormed a pawn shop and stole multiple handguns, a police report details the types of weapons stolen.
In all, 27 handguns were taken in the robbery reported at 12:35 p.m. Thursday at Ohio Loan Co. Inc., 1171 W. Third St. in Dayton.
Stolen were 12 9mm pistols; five .40 caliber pistols; three .45 caliber pistols; one .380 caliber pistol; two .357 caliber revolvers; two .38 caliber revolvers; one .32 caliber revolver; and one .22 caliber revolver, according to a Dayton police report.
And from still another recent robbery in Westerville:
Police in Westerville are investigating after a group of people rammed a gun store with a stolen car and made off with several guns.
Westerville Police responded to an alarm at Velocity Gun Works, Old County Line Road, at 5:47 a.m. Monday.
The owner of the gun shop said someone driving a Honda Pilot rammed the front of the store.
According to the owner, surveillance video showed multiple suspects making several trips in and out of the store, taking items.
There is no word on whether the same politicians who are proposing new gun control laws will also propose bans on the motor vehicles used in these crimes.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the National Shooting Sports Foundation, the trade association for the firearms industry, are jointly offering a potential award up to $5,000 in connection to the gun-store thefts.
How can this be? Mark Kelly, and other gun-control ARSes 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?
Indeed, on the occasion of another such crime, Cincinnati's ATF Resident Agent Merrill was quoted by WKEF (ABC Dayton) as saying that more thefts are occurring because of efforts to keep guns out of the hands of criminals (and you and me?):
"I'd like to believe it's a result of [the fact that] it's getting harder for criminals to get guns so they have to take these measures and do burglaries," Merrill said.
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 served as Buckeye Firearms Association Secretary from 2013-2019. 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, and is also an NRA-certified firearms instructor.