When Adam Lanza entered Sandy Hook Elementary School on Friday, December 14, inexplicably bent on ending as many lives as possible, he was carrying a Bushmaster AR-15 assault rifle and several high-capacity magazines. Sadly, this isn’t the first time the country has had to deal with the aftermath of a horrific shooting spree, nor is it the first time we’ve encountered an AR-15 in this context: only days earlier, it was the weapon of choice for a shooting at an Oregon mall that killed two people. Five months earlier, it was used by James Holmes in an attack that wounded fifty-eight people and killed twelve in an Aurora, Colorado, movie theater. And several years before that, a man and his teenage accomplice used a Bushmaster AR-15 to terrorize the Washington, DC, area with a series of random shootings.
Although it is not yet clear where the Bushmaster AR-15 used by Lanza (and registered to his mother) was purchased, the model is familiar to many Walmart shoppers. It’s on sale at about 1,700 Walmart stores nationwide, though the retail chain pulled the weapon from its website early this afternoon.
When Brown headed down to the store to see how easy it would be to steal ammunition, he was shocked. Not only were there bullets arrayed on the unlocked shelves; there were rows of guns as well, including assault rifles. South Bend has the most violent crime per capita in Indiana and well more than double the national median. Brown was outraged that Walmart was even selling these weapons, let alone that they were unlocked and under the supervision of hourly employees without specific training in firearm handling and sales.
It is not unlawful to sell guns on-line. Like individual sales and gun shows, firearms checks are not required. A glaring loophole in the laws that require background checks.
As for Wal*Mart, the nearest one to us is sixty miles away. However, if I wanted any sort of weapon, there is a guns and ammo shop around the corner from our house.
He has no computer in his shop to do on-line checks. You are required to fill in the Federal Firearms form, which he then mails. But since there is no waiting period for a gun, as long as your cash money or credit is good, you walk out with the gun or ammo.
By the time a firearm check comes back, you could be long gone (assuming you don't live in the village).
And as for firearms on-line, all you need to do is check a search engine for on-line sellers: you would be amazed at the number available. For example:
And check out the shotguns (long barrel guns do not require background checks at all):
Does that include sniper rifles?
A sniper rifle is just a rifle that is very accurate.
Such items as tripods, scopes, &c are not weapons and thus do not require background checks.
Any gun which can be legally purchased without a special license (such as a machine gun) can be purchased on-line, individually, or from the Internet from an individual (such as E-bay or many classified ad gun Websites).
As for your post on Wal*Mart, makes me glad the nearest one is sixty miles away. (On the other hand, our village's gun shop is around the corner from my house, but the owner is scrupulous with the law. However, he makes most of his money going to gun shows as you cannot make a bunch selling guns in a village of 128 people, and at gun shows a background check is not required.)