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Epic Fail: Feds Tried to Trick Gun Owners Into Selling Guns Online Illegally. It Went Poorly

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Investigators with the United States Government Accountability Office thought they would be able to obtain some damning evidence that buying guns over the internet is too easy. But instead, they discovered that people follow the laws set in place, especially when you tell a potential seller that you are barred from buying guns in the United States.

The GAO, which was instructed by Congress to assess how well the ATF was enforcing the ever-expanding laws already in place, found themselves with a score of 0 out of 72 when it came to trying to purchase firearms from forums or private sellers, according to the Daily Wire.

“Tests … 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 GAO report said.

Of the 72 potential sellers involved in the investigation, 29 sellers refused to ship the firearms across state lines, while 27 outright refused to continue speaking to the GAO agents after they stated they were unable to buy guns in the United States.

According to the Washington Times, in five of those cases, investigators had their newly created accounts on certain websites frozen and barred from communicating with the community.

Of the 72 attempts to purchase weapons on the Internet, investigators were unable to make a single purchase, but it wasn’t from lack of trying. Investigators did divulge in their report that they were able to purchase an AR-15, and an Uzi on the “dark web.”

From the years 2014-2016, ATF arrested 13,000 Americans for selling weapons without a license along with other violations of the law regarding online sales.

The serial numbers of the weapons obtained from the dark web had been “obliterated” the report outlined. The executive director of Gun Owners of America, Erich Pratt, said he was glad when the study came out as it proved what he already knew — “American gun owners are responsible people.”