June 18, 2016

CRACKER CRACK:

Semi-Automatic Weapons Without A Background Check Can Be Just A Click Away (TASNEEM RAJA, 6/17/16, NPR)

"With recent events and political environment, these weapons will be harder to get a hold of." "This is what your AR-15 dreams it could be when it grows up." "I can meet ... near the FL Mall in Orlando or any other time." "Cash is king."

These classified advertisements for semi-automatic weapons were listed this week on Armslist, a website where anyone can advertise a firearm they'd like to sell, and anyone can contact a seller with an offer to buy. The site is legal. But there's no way to know whether buyers and sellers who meet through Armslist are following federal, state or local background check rules.

We wanted to see how many semi-automatic firearms -- defined here as handguns and rifles able to rapidly fire a large number of bullets, one shot per trigger pull, without having to reload -- can be currently found on Armslist, and how quickly new listings appear. This provides a window into the difficulty of regulating access to a type of weapon frequently used in mass shootings. [...]

Our data analysis shows that semiautomatic weapons comprised at least 1 in 4 firearms listed on Armslist in the days following the Orlando shootings.

Posted by at June 18, 2016 8:06 AM

  

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