5 Firearm Myths You Need to Know

In the past, state and federal policy has been very gun friendly. Consider the Supreme Court ruling of 2008, which struck down a handgun ban in Washington, D.C. The reasoning behind this ruling was that American citizens have the right to keep guns in their homes. In recent years, however, politicians and activists have been pushing for more and more gun control. Recent events have politicians, activists and the media asking what can be done to stop mass shootings. And the debates continue.

Unfortunate, recent events have also made the firearms industry even more “high risk” in the eyes of financial institutions. Making it difficult for merchants to find the payment processing services they need to operate. High risk providers, like eMerchantBroker, offer solutions through online firearm merchant accounts. These solutions make it possible to keep both customers and the business itself safe. Many gun businesses have turned to these alternative providers in their struggle to stay afloat.

Despite President Barack Obama’s executive action against guns, the majority of Americans still feel that the United States would be safer if more citizens were trained and licensed to carry concealed weapons. Those who understand their Second Amendments rights would also point out that there are many myths about guns that simply aren’t true. Myths that cloud the true nature of the firearms industry.

Myth #1 – The “gun show loophole” provides access to guns for anyone, even criminals

The belief that there is a so-called “gun show loophole” is simply a myth. There is no loophole in federal law that exempts gun show transactions from any other laws that apply to the sale of a firearm. The process of purchasing a firearm takes place with a federal firearms licensee (FFL) – wherever your location may be. That FFL then confirms whether or not you can legally purchase a firearm through one of two ways: (1) your information is confirmed by running a background check through the federal NICS database, (2) or you confirm you have passed a background check by presenting a government-issued purchase permit or a state-issued concealed carry permit.

Myth #2 –Gun shows lack law enforcement presence of any kind

Local, state and federal law enforcement are typically present during a gun show in either uniform or plain clothes. Their job is to monitor and intervene if firearms salesare suspected to be unlawful. Purchases made by prohibited individuals (including non-residents) and the attempted sale of any illegal firearms are also among the long list of activities they look out for.

Myth #3 –  Buying a gun is as easy as buying vegetables

In March 2015, President Barack Obama responded to a question about guns during a press conference by saying, “It’s easier for you to buy a handgun and clips than it is for you to buy a fresh vegetable.”

Again, this is simply not true. Who, in the history of grocery shopping, has ever filled out a federal form 4473 and had a background check run before they were allowed to purchase lettuce? In addition, there are no federal laws requiring lettuce dealers to register with the federal government prior to their sale. There are also no waiting periods or limits on how many lettuces you can buy within a certain period.

The truth is, the manufacture and sale of firearms is highly regulated by the federal government. Not only does it take time to purchase a firearm, it is also an expensive process. Anyone who has purchased a gun would tell you that it is not as simple as picking up lettuce and brussel sprouts at your local grocery store.

Myth #4 – Concealed carriers fail to prevent mass shootings

In general, shootings that occur in areas where concealed carriers are permitted don’t necessarily become massshootings.

According to an article by Sean Davis of The Federalist, “It’s a bit like saying locked doors and alarms don’t prevent burglaries by only citing burglaries that happened in buildings with no locked doors or alarms as proof of your thesis. It’s no coincidence that so many mass shootings happen in areas declared to be ‘gun-free zones’ by authorities.”

In reality, the list of shootings stopped in their tracks by concealed carriers is a long, successful one. A quick Google search generates numerous examples in just a few seconds. The positive aspect of these occurrences, where armed citizens handled a dangerous situation, is that things were not permitted to escalate to the worst-case scenario – a mass shooting.

Myth #5 – Individuals purchasing a firearm online are not subject to background checks

It is true that an individual can purchase a firearm directly from a firearms retailer online. However, the firearm must be picked up from a federal firearms licensee (FFL). Typically, the location will be the brick-and-mortar stores associated with the website where the purchase was made. Once the customer arrives, they are required to fill out the requisite forms. One of the forms required is the ATF Form 4473, which then initiates the NICS background check process.