Close Online Gun Sale Loophole

Target: U.S. Congress

Goal: Create law that requires background checks for private gun sales

While background checks are mandatory at gun retail locations, they are not required at gun shows and for private sales. Seventeen states have already passed individual legislation requiring background checks at gun shows, but online sales remain unmonitored. Background checks are vital for preventing convicted felons, domestic violence perpetrators and the severely mentally ill from being gun owners. Online gun marketplaces such as provide a way for unfit gun owners to obtain dangerous weapons by evading the system. Urge congress to close this, perhaps the biggest, loophole and stop guns from falling into the wrong hands.

A great number of gun owners have purchased firearms online without having to pass a background check. An analysis of the website uncovered 15,000 guns in ten states that were for sale – no background check required, and 2,000 potential buyers had placed advertisements that specifically preferred private sellers who were background check-free. facilitates private gun sales in the same way an individual sells an item on

By signing the petition below you will tell Congress to close this loophole. The 1993 Brady Law, which created the background check system, is too outdated to sufficiently protect our country. The ease at which any person can obtain a gun through the internet is dangerous and irresponsible. Tell Congress that the public needs to be protected by enforcing stricter regulations on gun purchases.


Dear Senator Rob Portman and Senator Sherrod Brown,

Gun buyers throughout the country are intentionally using private sellers to purchase firearms while avoiding background checks. This raises a burning red flag for gun safety measures; background checks are crucial for keeping guns out of the hands of convicted felons, domestic violence perpetrators and the severely mentally ill. Yet a study conducted by Third Way found that websites like offer thousands of guns for online purchase, many of them being semi-automatic.

These are terrifying statistics. Between 1994 and 2009, 1.8 million applications for firearm transfers were denied because the applicant was deemed to unfit such a dangerous weapon. Under the current legislation, private sellers could sell guns to those 1.8 million people instead. Ohio legislators who were against greater gun restrictions this past April should be particularly concerned. During June and July, Ohio had 6,192 listings by private sellers and 940 want ads on We urge you to close this loophole that endangers the American public.


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