Federal law prohibits possession of firearms by most people who are the subject of a domestic violence restraining order, yet Haughton was able to buy the firearm he used in his mass shooting thanks to a loophole that enables gun sales over the Internet without a background check. Worse, Haughton is far from the only person able to take advantage of this loophole:
In its “Point, Click, Fire” investigation of illegal online gun sales, NYC investigators found that 62 percent of private gun sellers, most of them online, agreed to sell a gun to a customer who admitted he probably couldn’t pass a background check. . . . The report found a number of high-powered rifles, like a Ruger Mini 14 assault rifle, for sale on Armslist.com . . . .
Armslist.com boasted 54,745 active listings as of Thursday. In Wisconsin alone, the site is advertising Rugers, a Bushmaster AR-15 and a Remington 7600 pump 270.
In one case documented by the New York investigation, an undercover investigator asked a seller if he was “one of those licensed guys” and said he couldn’t pass a background check. The seller responded with a laugh and said “no, I just take cash, and there you go!”