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Newspaper: "40% No-Check Claim is "Mostly False"

Friday, May 8, 2015

Newspaper: "40% No-Check Claim is "Mostly False"

As one of our great national leaders once said when repeatedly confronted with specious and insubstantial arguments, “There you go again.”

We could cite plenty of examples used by proponents of gun control in this regard, but for the moment we’re talking about the claim that 40 percent of firearms are sold without a background check. Readers may recall that two years ago, FactCheck.org discredited the claim in depth and the Washington Post Fact Checker thereafter gave President Obama “Three Pinocchios” for using it in a White House speech.

That should have been embarrassing enough to have sent gun control supporters back to the drawing board, but instead they’ve doubled down. Michael Bloomberg’s Everytown front group now uses the “40 percent” claim--and its corollary “6.6 million firearms” claim--here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and here.

That brings us to Timothy Kaine, the former Virginia governor and Democratic Party chairman elected to the U.S. Senate in 2012.  Kaine repeated the “40 percent” claim on the floor of the Senate last month, but the Richmond, Va., Times-Dispatch is calling him on the lie.  The newspaper points out that the authors of the study on which the claim is supposedly based say that only 14 to 22 percent of firearms were sold without a check when the study was conducted 21 years ago (before gun dealers were required to run checks under federal law), and they “don’t know” if the same figures would be correct today.  The Times-Dispatch’s conclusion: the “40 percent” claim is “mostly false.”

Gun control supporters will probably continue using the claim anyway. But why they think that it helps them to exaggerate the number of private firearm sales is a mystery. Claiming that there are millions of firearms sold without a background check, while the nation’s murder rate is at about an all-time low, tends to endorse, rather than to disparage, private gun sales.

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Friday, June 22, 2018

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Gun Control Lobby Gives Hillary Clinton Participation Trophy

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Friday, June 22, 2018

Gun Control Lobby Gives Hillary Clinton Participation Trophy

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United States Holds the Line During Discussions on the U.N.’s Gun Control Programme of Action

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Friday, June 22, 2018

United States Holds the Line During Discussions on the U.N.’s Gun Control Programme of Action

This week marked the beginning of the two week long Third Review Conference (RevCon3) of the United Nation’s Programme of Action to Prevent, Combat, and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons ...

Anti-Gun Democrats Inject Politics into Banking, Seek Punishment for Regulator Who Pushes Back

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Friday, June 22, 2018

Anti-Gun Democrats Inject Politics into Banking, Seek Punishment for Regulator Who Pushes Back

Should law-abiding Americans be able to participate in the modern economy on equal terms? Or should unscrupulous politicians who can’t earn the votes to pass their policy proposals the democratic way use access to financial ...

Pennsylvania: House Committee Passes Firearm Confiscation Orders - Schedules Additional Gun Control for Tomorrow

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Pennsylvania: House Committee Passes Firearm Confiscation Orders - Schedules Additional Gun Control for Tomorrow

Today, the Pennsylvania House Judiciary Committee passed House Bill 2227, legislation that creates so-called “extreme risk protection orders” whereby a hearing would be held, firearms would be seized and constitutional rights suspended with little to no due ...

Study Finds Fewer People Willing to Answer Questions about Gun Ownership

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Friday, June 22, 2018

Study Finds Fewer People Willing to Answer Questions about Gun Ownership

A common thought (maybe even a rational one) is that gun owners hesitate to share their status as gun owners in surveys. It makes perfect sense, particularly in times of heightened concerns that anti-gun politicians are ...

New York: Final Gavel Drops with Gun Bills Failing To Advance In Albany

Friday, June 22, 2018

New York: Final Gavel Drops with Gun Bills Failing To Advance In Albany

New York gun owners will take any bit of good news coming out of Albany that they can get.

Oregon: Gun Ban Initiative Ballot Title Finalized

Friday, May 25, 2018

Oregon: Gun Ban Initiative Ballot Title Finalized

On May 23rd, the ballot title for Initiative Petition 43 was certified by the state Attorney General.  This final ballot title comes after over 1,000 comments were submitted on the previously proposed ballot title.  Initiative proponents will ...

Pennsylvania: House Committee to Consider Multiple Gun Control Bills Tomorrow

Monday, June 18, 2018

Pennsylvania: House Committee to Consider Multiple Gun Control Bills Tomorrow

Tomorrow, the Pennsylvania House Judiciary Committee is scheduled to consider several gun control bills that would only punish law-abiding gun owners.

Pennsylvania: Gun Control Legislation to be Considered on the House Floor

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Pennsylvania: Gun Control Legislation to be Considered on the House Floor

This morning, the House Judiciary Committee continued its push for gun control by passing House Bill 1872, legislation which would ban many firearm accessories.

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