Top Democrats ordered an investigation in order to prove that the United States has a rampant problem with illegal online gun sales but the results showed the exact opposite.
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) report was commissioned by Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) among others. Private online dealers were baited by undercover investigators to see if they would sell to someone prohibited from owning a firearm or ship across state lines. Agents were unsuccessful in buying a weapon in all 72 attempts on the Surface Web.
According to Fox News, the investigation lasted two-and-a-half years and involved searches of the Surface Web — the one we all use — and the Dark Web. The GAO report states that agents made seven attempts to purchase firearms on the Dark Web and were only able to purchase two weapons: an AR-15 and an Uzi that was modified fully automatic. In these cases, agents didn’t reveal they were prohibited from possessing a firearm.
Here’s what the report disclosed for sales on the regular web:
Tests performed on the Surface Web demonstrated that private sellers GAO contacted on gun forums and other classified ads were unwilling to sell a firearm to an individual who appeared to be prohibited from possessing a firearm. Of the 72 attempts agents made to purchase firearms on the Surface Web, 56 sellers refused to complete a transaction: 29 sellers stated they would not ship a firearm and 27 refused after the disclosure of the undercover identities’ stated prohibited status. Furthermore, in 5 of these 72 attempts, the accounts GAO set up were frozen by the websites, which prevented the agents from using the forums and attempting to make a purchase.
Though the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives warned that the “anonymity of the internet makes it an ideal means for prohibited individuals to obtain illegal firearms,” these results put to rest the fear-mongering perpetrated by gun control advocates and the Democratic Party.
Because of the results, the GAO is “not making recommendations in this report.” Fox News was unable to get a statement from Warren or Cummings on the results. But the National Rifle Association did: “GAO’s findings showed nothing so much as that private sellers advertising online are knowledgeable about the law, conscientious, and self-policing.”
The NRA said the study was an “embarrassment” for the gun control lobby, Fox News reported.