An undercover investigation ordered by liberals in Congress who wanted to pull back the curtain on how easy it is to buy a weapon illegally on the Web has ended up with a stunning conclusion: Gun sellers won’t go along with the deals.
In fact, the report from the Government Accountability Office reveals that the websites run by the sellers even took action against the wannabe buyers multiple times.
The new report said, “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.”
The report continued: “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.”
Washington watchdog Judicial Watch noted the significance of the results of the investigation, which was instigated by “two fierce anti-gun members of Congress.”
The report said, “Maryland Congressman Elijah Cummings and Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren demanded the probe in the aftermath of mass shootings and the investigative arm of Congress, the Government Accountability Office (GAO), conducted a lengthy covert operation to try to purchase firearms illegally from Internet dealers.”
Said the analysis, “All 72 of congressional investigators’ attempts to purchase a firearm illegally via the surface web were unsuccessful, slamming Cummings’ and Warren’s claims that guns are easily obtained by criminal elements on the Internet.”
It explained many of the sellers or dealers were alarmed – enough to shut down the conversations – because of exposure of a shipping address across state lines, “or a prohibition by law from owning firearms.”
“In their ardent push to ban guns Cummings and Warren, both high-profile Democrats, questioned whether the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) was enforcing gun laws involving transactions facilitated by the Internet. The lawmakers asked the GAO to investigate whether online private dealers sell firearms to prohibited individuals. The probe was conducted from July 2015 to November 2017, in accordance with generally accepted government auditing standards.
“It turns out that the ATF’s Internet Investigations Center, created to investigate buyers and sellers who use the Internet to facilitate illegal firearms transactions, is indeed doing its job efficiently, according to the bipartisan GAO,” Judicial Watch said.
“The center uses several tools to provide investigative support to ATF, which has resulted in the arrests of individuals using the Internet to facilitate illegal firearm purchases,” the GAO report states.
Both Warren and Cummings long have opposed Americans owning guns.
“Last year Cummings joined House Democrats in a protest against congressional inaction on gun violence, stating, ‘Every year, tens of thousands of Americans die as a result of gun violence.'”
Cummings claimed: “The American people are fed up with inaction and so am I. It is time for House Republicans to treat gun violence like the scourge on our country that it is.”
Judicial Watch said Warren “has also been on a longtime warpath against Americans’ rights to own firearms, proclaiming that ‘Rambo-style assault weapons’ should be banned.”
“The liberal icon co-sponsored a 2013 law to ban military-style assault weapons and high-capacity magazines. She warned her colleagues during a speech on the Senate floor last year that Congress would have ‘blood on our hands’ if assault weapons aren’t banned.”
The investigators also made seven gun purchase attempts on the “dark Web” — the portion of the Internet that disregards state and federal laws — and two were successful.
GAO referred those cases to local law enforcement for potential prosecution.
The remainder of the 72 attempts involved apparent scams, with people taking money for a weapon, but never delivering, or not giving the appearance of legitimacy.
The GAO noted in its report that the members of Congress had wanted the reults withheld from the public for at least 30 days after completion of the report.