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Washington Post Shocker: Background Checks Don't Work

Friday, February 20, 2015

Washington Post Shocker: Background Checks Don't Work

Before anyone gets the wrong idea, the editors of the Washington Post still support background checks on private firearm transactions, along with bans on detachable-magazine-fed semi-automatic rifles, semi-automatic shotguns, and magazines that hold more than 10 rounds. And they’ll call you a “coward if you disagree.

However, at least two of the newspaper’s reporters who live in the real world have figured out that none of these restrictions stop criminals from committing crimes. From London, Griff Witte and Karla Adam report that "[g]etting a gun legally in Europe may be hard, but terrorists have little trouble."

While gun control advocates in the United States harp about banning semi-automatic rifles and private transfers, and often use other nations’ gun laws as the paradigm to which they strive in the U.S., the Telegraph reports that the recent terrorist attacks in Paris were committed with fully-automatic rifles smuggled from Slovakia. Similarly, the Danish Broadcasting Corporation reports that the more recent terrorist attack at a cultural event in Copenhagen was committed with a fully-automatic rifle that was stolen from a member of the Danish Home Guard. Witte’s and Adam’s article thus notes that both attacks “were carried out by former small-time criminals turned violent extremists who obtained military-grade illicit weapons with apparent ease.”

In their next attempt to promote gun control, the Washington Post’s editors will not likely point out that the terrorists who committed those crimes failed to submit themselves to background checks before taking possession of their weapons. They may also omit that the perpetrators’ guns were smuggled and stolen, rather than bought at a gun show or from someone they met after responding to “for sale” ads posted on a firearm website in the United States. Doing so would only point out the utter futility of private transfer bans (which only affect the law-abiding), and thus cause readers to better understand that gun control’s ultimate target is none other than themselves.

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Monday, August 15, 2022

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Canada’s Liberals Bypass Parliament to Further Gun Control Agenda

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Monday, August 15, 2022

Canada’s Liberals Bypass Parliament to Further Gun Control Agenda

Earlier this year, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government introduced Bill C-21, proposing a permanent freeze on the sale, transfer and import of handguns in Canada. The bill remains at the initial stages and did not pass prior to ...

California: Appropriations Committees Pass Anti-Gun Bills to Floor

Friday, August 12, 2022

California: Appropriations Committees Pass Anti-Gun Bills to Floor

Yesterday, the Appropriations Committees of both chambers considered bills previously placed on the suspense file. SB 505, which would have required gun owners to carry insurance and held them strictly civilly liable, was held in committee, while the ...

Guide To The Interstate Transportation Of Firearms

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Thursday, January 1, 2015

Guide To The Interstate Transportation Of Firearms

CAUTION: Federal and state firearms laws are subject to frequent change. This summary is not to be considered as legal advice or a restatement of law.

Supreme Court Signals It May Rein In Federal Rulemakers

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Monday, August 8, 2022

Supreme Court Signals It May Rein In Federal Rulemakers

While most of the attention from the end of the United States Supreme Court’s last term focused on several landmark cases, including a major win for gun owners in the NRA-supported case New York State Rifle ...

Oregon: Faulty Gun Control Ballot Measure Summary Approved

Friday, August 12, 2022

Oregon: Faulty Gun Control Ballot Measure Summary Approved

This week, the Explanatory Statement Committee approved Ballot Measure 114’s (formerly IP 17) summary that will appear in the voter pamphlet.

Another Good Guy with a Gun Stops the Bad Guy

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Monday, July 25, 2022

Another Good Guy with a Gun Stops the Bad Guy

On July 19, 22-year-old Elisjsha Dicken was shopping with his girlfriend at the Greenwood Park Mall in Greenwood, Ind. when a gunman armed with a rifle opened fire in the food court. Upon witnessing the ...

When Seconds Count, the Police are Only Hours Away

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Monday, August 8, 2022

When Seconds Count, the Police are Only Hours Away

After violent unrest and looting in 2020 that Chicago mayor Lori Lightfoot admitted had “spread like wildfire” throughout parts of Chicago, the mayor nonetheless “urged Chicagoans not to take matters into their own hands in this concealed ...

Illinois: Naperville Considering Banning Many Firearm & Magazine Sales

Monday, July 18, 2022

Illinois: Naperville Considering Banning Many Firearm & Magazine Sales

Tomorrow, at 7:00 P.M., the Naperville City Council will consider File 22-0848, to ban commercial sales of many commonly-owned firearms and standard capacity magazines. NRA Members and Second Amendment supporters are invited to ask the Council ...

NRA Achieves Historical Milestone as 25 States Recognize Constitutional Carry

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Friday, April 1, 2022

NRA Achieves Historical Milestone as 25 States Recognize Constitutional Carry

Half the country will now enjoy the freedom to carry a handgun for self-defense without a permit from the state thanks to the tireless efforts of men and women of the National Rifle Association. 

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Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the "lobbying" arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is responsible for preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purchase, possess and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.