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Tim Pederson, Fargo, Published September 07 2013

Letter: Don’t buy false gun rhetoric

Again, there is more misinformation being spread by those who want to restrict lawful gun ownership. In an article in the Sept. 5 Forum, Susan Beehler states: Federal law does not require background checks for private gun sales, which can include online sales and gun shows. This is false.

Online sales are regulated to be shipped to an FFL, who then has to run a background check on the seller. At gun shows, only a small percentage of sales are private sales, as a high majority of sellers are licensed dealers. And of those private sales, there are still regulations to be adhered to.

According to http://www.atf.gov/content/firearms-frequently-asked-questions-unlicensed-persons:

Q. To whom may an unlicensed person transfer firearms under the GCA? A person may sell a firearm to an unlicensed resident of his state, if he does not know or have reasonable cause to believe the person is prohibited from receiving or possessing firearms under federal law. A person may loan or rent a firearm to a resident of any state for temporary use for lawful sporting purposes, if he does not know or have reasonable cause to believe the person is prohibited from receiving or possessing firearms under federal law. A person may sell or transfer a firearm to a licensee in any state. However, a firearm other than a curio or relic may not be transferred interstate to a licensed collector.

Q: From whom may an unlicensed person acquire a firearm under the GCA? A person may only acquire a firearm within the person’s own state, except that he or she may purchase or otherwise acquire a rifle or shotgun, in person, at a licensee’s premises in any state, provided the sale complies with state laws applicable in the state of sale and the state where the purchaser resides. A person may borrow or rent a firearm in any state for temporary use for lawful sporting purposes.

Q: May an unlicensed person obtain a firearm from an out-of-state source if the person arranges to obtain the firearm through a licensed dealer in the purchaser’s own state?

A person not licensed under the GCA and not prohibited from acquiring firearms may purchase a firearm from an out-of-state source and obtain the firearm if an arrangement is made with a licensed dealer in the purchaser’s state of residence for the purchaser to obtain the firearm from the dealer.

This information is easily found. These people need to stop listening to Bloomberg and check out the facts.