Questions on internet purchases and the "gun show loophole"
I keep hearing the talking heads talking about being able to purchase firearms over the internet without having to go through a background check. I don't understand this, as I have purchased several guns over the internet, and every one had to be shipped from a FFL holder to an FFL holder, who then ran a background check on me. All of these purchases were in Colorado, so perhaps it's a state law.
I even had a firearm I already owned shipped from Colorado to Texas, and had to have the gun sent to a FFL holder in Texas, who had to run a check.
If a non-FFL holder sells a gun to another non-FFL holder via an internet purchase, and a background check is not done on the purchaser, is that legal? Is it a state by state issue? Can someone explain this to me.
I also wonder about the so called "gun show loophole". In Colorado, ANY purchase made at a gun show has to go through a background check. If a non-FFL holder sells a gun, the purchaser must find a FFL holder at the show to run the check. That's the law. FWIW, usually the seller already has an arrangement with an FFL holder who will run the check, and the check is performed over the phone by the Colorado Bureau of Investigation.
What states do not have this or a similar law.
The point I'm getting at is whether or not the media and some lawmakers are crying wolf over this, or if it's legit.
Gun control laws make about as much sense as taking ex-lax to cure a cough.