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This So-Called “Gun Show Loophole”

Gun Show in Texas Photo by Michael mx5txPresident of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, Paul Helmke, wants you to believe that there is a giant oversight in the way sales of guns are handled at gun shows.

Sure, he puts up a well-crafted misdirection in his blog “Who Would Oppose Closing the Gun Show Loophole?” (reproduced at the Huffington Post). I chose to direct you to this version because the HuffPo’s uncensored comments were eye-opening for me.

I’m certainly against gun violence. I almost fell into Helmke’s trap. I mean, “Who Would Want to Be Misled”?

The first comment on Helmke’s smoke screen:

I am curious; what, specifically, is the “gun show loophole”. What specific extant federal legislation is inapplicable exclusively at “gun shows” but applicable in any other venue?

In short, nothing.

Mr. Helmke and other anti-gun orgs are engaging in gross misrepresentation of this fact. They target gun-shows because they know it will appeal emotionally to their target audience. If gun ban orgs like the Bradys engaged in truthful, rational debate, they would be trying to regulate a “private seller” loophole, and stop misrepresenting this issue as one exclusive to gun shows.

But then they would have to explain why, if closing this “loophole” is so important, they OPPOSE non-FFL (Federal Firearms License) access to NICS (National Instant Criminal Background Check System).

If you wanted to close a loophole why only target gun shows?