Buying Guns Online Has Become Way Too Easy
While watching the Today Show last week, I saw an expose on just how easy it is to buy firearms online. This included both legal and illegal firearms, and assault rifles. I was appalled at how easy this can be. When purchasing a gun from a licensed dealer, Florida law requires certain background checks and mandatory waiting periods. However, that’s not the case when it comes to buying guns online. This loophole in the law needs to be closed. The Today Show report demonstrated just how easy it is to go online, set up a meeting with someone selling guns and to go buy them. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know that guns are dangerous and should be kept out of the hands of criminals. There is a reason Florida law requires a background check and a specific waiting period – to help keep firearms out of the hands of criminals. There is no such regulation when it comes to buying firearms online, though. There is current legislation going on that would close this loophole and require background checks for online gun sales as well. However, with the National Rifle Association (NRA) against almost any regulation that involves firearms, this new bill has been tied up in committee for almost a year. It’s time the NRA back off. They must realize the purpose of closing the loophole is for the greater good, to help keep criminals from getting their hands on firearms, both legal and illegal.