While unveiling gun control proposals, Biden falsely claims ‘no background checks’ at gun shows

By Thomas Catenacci

President Joe Biden falsely suggested that Americans who purchase firearms at gun shows don’t need to first pass a background check prior to the transaction.

Biden said background checks aren’t required for firearm purchases at gun shows during his remarks at the White House Thursday. However, federal law already mandates firearm dealers to initiate a background check on prospective buyers at stores, gun shows or anywhere a transaction may occur, according to the National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action.

“Most people don’t know that you walk into a store and buy a gun, you have a background check,” Biden said during the ceremony Thursday, in which he announced a slew of executive actions on gun violence. “But, you go to a gun show, you can buy whatever you want — no background check.”

The Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act of 1993 established the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, which is maintained by the FBI and is able to determine a person’s criminal history. The legislation requires licensed firearm sellers to conduct a background check through the system before every sale.

Some gun control experts, though, suggest that while there is no gun show loophole, there is a private sale loophole, according to Politifact. Federal law requires all licensed firearm sellers to conduct a background check, leaving way for unlicensed firearm sellers to sell guns without conducting a background check.

“There is a huge loophole in federal law, but it isn’t for gun shows,” UCLA law professor Adam Winkler told Politifact in 2016. “What is called the gun-show loophole is misnamed. It should be the ‘private sale loophole’ or the ‘background check loophole.’”

The White House unveiled a series of proposals Thursday aimed at tackling gun violence including federal “red flag” legislation that would allow family members or police to ask a court to bar some individuals from accessing firearms. The Biden administration also announced proposals to prohibit “ghosts guns,” or hard-to-trace kits that allow people to assemble a firearm, and to restrict the use of “braces” that stabilize a handgun.

“This Administration will not wait for Congress to act to take its own steps — fully within the Administration’s authority and the Second Amendment — to save lives,” the White House said in a statement.

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10 thoughts on “While unveiling gun control proposals, Biden falsely claims ‘no background checks’ at gun shows

  1. According to data gathered using background checks and other demographics, there have been surges in the numbers of woman, democrats and People of Color arming themselves for the first time. These are the demographics who likely voted for this mentally incapacitated president and are in for some real buyers remorse as more of these firearm restrictions get initiated. Elections have consequences.

  2. What should really concern and enrage everyone was Biden’s statement, “No amendment is absolute.” That statement alone is proof of his violation of Oath of Office. No wonder he graduated near the bottom of his class in law school.

  3. This article did not mention the “Community Intervention” idea where Biden stated that he would invest billions of dollars to communities to, what sounded like, policing your neighbors and be rewarded for turning in those who might pose a risk with firearms. “Rat for Cash”. A great way for a disgruntled neighbor to get someone in trouble because they just don’t get along with them. This method was test with the Covid no-mask rats and that was without being rewarded. Once they get our guns, then they will go for a percentage of our ira, 401k, and personal savings accounts to pay for all the ways that they are throwing our tax dollars away. Exactly how Hitler got the ball rolling.

  4. Biden’s gaffes in less than three months outnumber those of any past Presidents.

    How long can the media ignore and gloss over the fact our Chief Executive is a complete wreck and a blathering idiot?

  5. Truth and reason do not matter, they have an agenda and they’ll be damned if those get in the way.

    The best thing the NRA and Americans could do is pick a crime riddled city. Offer free training for fire arm safety and shooting experience along with a huge discount for fire arms.

    Then let them fly American flags at their doors.

    People who are criminals, generally speaking know, if an American flag is flying at the house, there is a very good chance the owners are armed and willing to defend themselves.

    Watch crime plummet. Bullies and criminals like to pick on the defenseless and weaker person.

  6. That will happen when one is a braindead tool of the Marxist’s,he is much like the scarecrow of the wizard of Oz,if he only had a brain.
    As all of his actions are un Constitutional they will be fought out in the courts for years.

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