Bloomberg Gun Control Group: Seven People Tried Buying Guns Illegally Online

Reuters/Jim Young
Reuters/Jim Young

On January 21, Michael Bloomberg’s Everytown for Gun Safety announced that its three month study of online gun sales in Vermont turned up “seven … people [who] were prohibited by law from possessing firearms.”

Everytown’s response? More gun control needed now.

According to the Burlington Free Press, Everytown “monitored guns for sale on three primary websites” and “posted 24 guns for sale on between between July 28 and October 9.” In response, it “developed a list of 169 potential buyers” seeking to buy guns privately.

Of the 169 potential buyers, seven were barred from buying guns due to a criminal background.

Everytown used these numbers to suggest that gun sales “transacted on just three websites put an estimated 126 guns into the hands of felons and domestic abusers in Vermont” during a one-year period.

The study comes as Vermont’s “top Democratic Senate leadership is preparing Vermont legislation that would try to curtail guns from getting into the hands of criminals, domestic abusers, and the seriously mentally ill.” The goal is to do this by banning more private gun sales.

It should be noted that private gun sales are legal–and have been since the ratification of the Second Amendment in 1791.

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