Debunking The Australian Narrative

Australians now own more guns than before the 1996 Port Arthur massacre, according to new research that shows firearm imports hit a record high in 2014-15.

The surge in gun-buying over the past 16 years, which has seen 1.02 million guns brought into the country, has been largely a “gun swap”, according to Philip Alpers, a University of Sydney public health researcher, gun control expert and founding director of

It doesn’t fit the narrative, does it? In Australia, they tried ever so hard to stamp out gun ownership, crime fell, they falsely attributed it to lack of gun ownership, and we know that it is a false attribution because just as soon as they tried to stamp out guns, gun ownership began to rise again while crime fell. It’s just a nightmare all around for the progressives.

But another very important note should be taken from this report. In their efforts to stamp out guns, they accidentally aided gun owners in evangelizing and proselytizing non-gun owners. This is the second – and perhaps most important – progressive failure.

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Customers: 3 Quick Ways to Confirm the Online Gun Dealer You’re Buying From Is Following the Law

There are many good reasons to purchase a gun online as opposed to from your local dealer, selection and price forefront among them. Purchasing a gun, particularly online, however, is a highly regulated activity, and unfortunately, a few vendors attempt to skirt the law in order to make a quick buck or to avoid limitations set forth by federal or state law. And while it shouldn’t be the consumer’s responsibility to confirm the legality of a particular vendor’s operations, unwittingly purchasing a weapon illegally, while not a crime in and of itself, can cause undue hassle and cost to the purchaser. Consequently, when making an online purchase of a firearm, ammunition, or accessory, it is good practice to know some basic signs that the dealer you’re purchasing from is following the law.

  1. FFL Purchases: Look for Shipping Restrictions
    Firstly, in most states, it is legal to purchase a firearm online, however, these sales should be through an FFL dealer, as well as shipped to an FFL dealer, who will typically charge a fee ($25-$50) for the service of receiving and holding the weapon until collected, and ensuring that the consumer has presented the documentation required to fulfill his local, state and federal’s requirements in regards to permits or licenses for the purchase to be finalized. The same verifications apply in online purchases, as with retail sales. Therefore, the first sign that you’re dealing with a legally operating FFL dealer, is that they will refuse to ship firearms to your home directly, and instead will only ship firearms to the nearest FFL dealer. Generally this is made abundantly clear on the FFL’s website, because they want to be upfront about this requirement.

  2. FFL Purchases: Look for Pre-Verification and Shipping Inventories
    Assuming that your ammunition and firearms are being shipped legally, there are additional requirements that a legally operating FFL who is selling online will do, which you can be on the alert for. The first, is an initial age verification. Although ultimately your local FFL who receives the firearm shipment is responsible for ensuring that the purchase complies with the law, most legally operating online FFL dealers will preemptively check the purchaser’s age and ensure that the purchaser is old enough (21 for handguns, 18 for rifle or shotgun). Secondly, you can also expect shipments will include a separate written notice of the shipment’s contents to provide a written record of the items shipped. Upon picking up the weapon from your local FFL, you’ll be provided with an opportunity to inspect the weapon, and, should you desire, at that time can check to confirm this document accompanied the shipment.

  3. Non-FFL Purchases: Look for These Signs
    With very few exceptions, if you’re buying from an online FFL dealer, then they’re going to know and follow the law, so these indicators as they pertain to FFL dealers are typically more just to confirm suspicions you might otherwise have, or allay any fears. In the context of non-FFL purchases, however, there is quite a bit more activity that falls outside of federal and local law, so it pays to be more diligent here.

  4. If you decide you want to buy from a private collector online, which again there are very good reasons for doing so (price and selection foremost among them), the decision should trigger the desire for a bit more investigation on your part. In general, it’s legal for a non-FFL (e.g. private collector) to sell a firearm online. However, it is generally not legal for that same private collector to ship the weapon across state lines. And while the private collector is not required to conduct a background check as an FFL is through the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) clearinghouse, they are legally not permitted to sell to a known felon or other person prohibited from purchasing a firearm.

    So, the questions you should be asking yourself in this context are: Does it look like this non-FFL seller is willing to ship across state lines? (if so, he’s probably not following the law). Or, Does it look like this non-FFL seller is intentionally not asking pertinent questions about the customer’s ability to legally purchase a firearm? (if so, he may be technically within the law but certainly skirting it close), and finally, Does it look like this collector or hobbyist, is really a full-time gun dealer? (in which case he is operating illegally without a license).

    Obviously, you’re not expected nor required as the consumer to do any extensive due diligence on your gun dealer or vendor prior to making a purchase. That said, given the potential hassles that accompany purchasing a weapon that, unbeknownst to you, was sold illegally, it makes sense to at least give a cursory examination to the seller for signs that they may not be operating within the law, and if so, consider taking your business elsewhere.

    About the Author:
    Rich McIver is with Soar Payments, a credit card processor for the firearms, ammo and accessories industry. They offer retail, MoTo and ecommerce firearms merchant account. You can also follow the company on their Facebook page.

    Notice: Firearm laws, both on a federal and state level are subject to frequent changes and ever-evolving court interpretations. This summary is not intended as legal advice nor a restatement of law. For advice pertaining to your specific situation, contact a licensed local attorney.

Who Is 22plinkster?

I’ve always enjoyed his marksmanship, sense of humor, and down to earth attitude.

YouTube shooting sensation 22plinkster is a familiar face to fans around the world. His collection of more than 270 videos featuring rimfire trick shots and other entertaining shooting demonstrations has to date attracted 304,000 subscribers and garnered more than 30 million views.

Yet few of even his most loyal followers know the full backstory behind one of the Internet’s most popular and prolific firearms personalities. Take the fortuitous way he first landed online.

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