GAO Gun-Buying Attempt Fails

by
posted on January 3, 2018
gao-study-fails-illegal-f.jpg

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) ended a study late last year designed to determine ease of illegal purchases of firearms on line. Results released on Nov. 21, 2017, indicate that zero of its 72 attempts resulted in a successful transaction on the “Surface Web”—that part of the Internet, like here, that doesn’t run with secondary encryption software to hide identities.

It’s “searchable with standard web search engines,” the report explains. “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.”

The study was conducted from July 2015 to November 2017. Priority was given to sellers according to the number and quantity of their ads, selection of firearms available and website accessibility. Forum postings were not excluded from consideration. Price range was also a factor and efforts were focused only on transactions that would take place with a private individual.

Latest

SCCY DVG-1RD pistol facing right
SCCY DVG-1RD pistol facing right

Review: SCCY DVG-1RD Pistol

SCCY Industries looks to continue its remarkable sales pace with the introduction of the DVG-1 and DVG-1RD pistols.

First Look: Sightron S6 1-6x24 mm Riflescope

Sightron's new S6 1-6x24 mm scope offers versions with first- and second-focal-plane options.

Bond Arms Roughneck Marking Compliance Recall

Bond Arms is issuing a recall for certain Roughneck firearms for marking compliance issues.

Product Review: SilencerCo SCO15 Stripped Upper Receiver

SilencerCo recently released its SCO15 stripped upper receiver for the AR-15 rifle.

Review: Korth Mongoose Revolver

The Korth marque may be alien to most American firearm enthusiasts, but the German company’s revolvers are among the finest firearms on the planet.

First Look: Volquartsen ENV Pistol

Volquartsen Firearms is expanding its line of 22 LR pistols with the new ENV pistol.

Interests



Get the best of Shooting Illustrated delivered to your inbox.