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Fake criminal buys guns with ease in Arizona (video).


Just two weeks after the tragic shooting in Tucson, Arizona, that left six dead and many more wounded, a private investigatorial team sponsored by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg went into a gun show in Phoenix and tried to buy handguns while skirting the system of checks and balances that attempt to keep criminals dispossessed of weapons. What they found is that it was amazingly easy to acquire lethal weapons, even after outright telling gun sellers that they probably couldn’t pass a background check.

It’s the “gun-show loophole” that’s been a controversy in Arizona and other states for years: private dealers can sell guns at gun shows to whomever they’d like, no questions asked.

And following the report:

Senator Steve Gallerdo introduced legislation today requiring a background check for all sales and transfers taking place at gun shows – with a violation subject to a civil penalty up to $10,000.

The scary thing is private gun shows allow sellers to sell up to 800 guns at a time. I wonder how many of those guns end up in drug dealers’ hands.