40% statistic about guns being obtained without a background check is as old as... 19

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  1. Wehrwolfen

    Wehrwolfen Senior Member

    May 22, 2012
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    40% statistic about guns being obtained without a background check is as old as... 1994?

    January 13, 2013

    "The predominant sources of guns, unsurprisingly, were stores (60 percent). Other important sources included family members and acquaintances. The 3 percent of respondents who indicated that they obtained guns "through the mail" (which is illegal for all but FFLs) may have misremembered or may have referred to a mail-order purchase arranged through an FFL. "The average gun obtained in 1993 and 1994 was worth $392 at the time of transfer, with little difference between handguns and long guns. Fewer than 1 in 20 guns acquired during those 2 years were valued at less than $100. "Fifty-seven percent of firearms were obtained from stores, pawnshops, or other sources that the respondents were certain to have been federally licensed firearm dealers. Some respondents were not sure about whether the source was an FFL. Others indicated that the source was an FFL but then reported that the transaction was a trade rather than a cash sale or that the source was an acquaintance or family member. If those cases are included, the propor- tion increases to 64 percent.

    "We conclude that approximately 60 percent of gun acquisitions involved an FFL and hence were subject to Federal regulations on such matters as out-of-State sales, criminal history checks, and recordkeeping. A some what higher percentage of handgun acquisitions than long gun acquisitions involved FFLs. The remaining acquisitions, amounting to about 2 million per year, were off-the-books transfers in the secondary market."


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  2. RetiredGySgt

    RetiredGySgt Diamond Member

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    North Carolina
    It was a biased poll to begin with. And polls do not prove the fact. But ya citing a nearly 20 year old poll is hilarious.

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