Is the Washington Post Spreading ISIS Propaganda About Guns?

By Dave Dolbee published on in General

The Washington Post recently reported on ISIS terrorist propaganda directing how to obtain firearms in the U.S. Reporting is fine, when you are dealing with facts. However, in this case, the Washington Post did not even come close.

Selling your guns like this at a local gun show is common.

About .7% of criminals reported buying the gun used in a crime at a show by the government’s own accounting, but that is not enough to stop it from infringing on your Constitutional rights.

It seems that ISIS, potentially listening to rants by uninformed gun control advocates, believes it is easy to obtain a firearm in the U.S. without an ID or background check. In the Post’s and ISIS’ defense, they do make it clear that this cannot happen at a federally licensed firearm retailer (FFL).

Where the Post failed was in its coverage of ISIS’ assertion that gun shows are an “easier means of arming oneself for an attack.” In truth, whether at a gun show or in the shop, every firearm that is purchased from an FFL—by federal law—requires a background check. On average, about 75 percent of the sellers at a gun show are FFLs. However, that still leaves 25 percent.

Federal law is the basis, but many other restrictions are often in place at a gun show. For example, most gun show promoters require all vendors leasing space at a show, including private parties, to agree to run background checks on all sales—regardless of whether they hold federal licenses or not. This may not be rooted in federal law, but gun owners are some of the most law-abiding citizens and understand what’s at stake. This may not account for 100 percent of sales, but it is darn close.

For the doubters, a Justice Department survey of inmates in state and federal prison that were incarcerated for a crime involving a firearm reported acquiring their firearm from a gun show was about 0.7 percent (less than 1 percent). That same survey found that about 40 percent acquired the firearm through illegal means such as theft.

ISIS later goes on to suggest robbing or ambushing an FFL. I am not sure what they are going use to do this, but it does beg the question, “If it is so easy to buy a gun at a show, why would you need to rob or ambush an FFL?”

The Washington Post’s next error is to suggest that banning people on the Terrorist Watch list from purchasing a firearm would somehow prevent ISIS from obtaining firearms. This is such a flawed point; it is hard to sum up. However, the watch list is secret and severely flawed. An unknown number of people would be swept up and their Constitutional rights infringed if the watch list was the litmus test. To be clear though, the watch list does come into play; it is simply not a disqualifier.

When a firearm purchase goes through a FBI NICS check and a name matches the terrorist watch list, federal law enforcement is notified and the transaction automatically goes into a delayed status for three business days. This means no one is walking out with the gun the same day or from a gun show. These extra days give law enforcement the time necessary to do its due diligence and take any action it deems appropriate.

Even during a private party transfer, the seller is responsible for the sale. If it is legal in your state, and you choose to forego a transfer through an FFL, you are on the hook if the buyer was not legally allowed to posses that weapon. And as for the suggestion that “You can go down to a gun show at the local convention center and come away with a fully automatic assault rifle, without a background check…” the terrorists are wrong again. A private party can never do a private party transfer of a class III weapon or any item requiring a tax. With all of the red tape you go through to buy one of the firearms or items, it is hard to imagine anyone just “selling it on the street” without any federal paperwork.

How would you rate the Washington Post’s coverage? What about ISIS’ belief regarding how easy it is to acquire a firearm in the U.S.? Share your answers or thoughts in the comment section.

SLRule

Growing up in Pennsylvania’s game-rich Allegany region, Dave Dolbee was introduced to whitetail hunting at a young age. At age 19 he bought his first bow while serving in the U.S. Navy, and began bowhunting after returning from Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm. Dave was a sponsored Pro Staff Shooter for several top archery companies during the 1990s and an Olympic hopeful holding up to 16 archery records at one point. During Dave’s writing career, he has written for several smaller publications as well as many major content providers such as Guns & Ammo, Shooting Times, Outdoor Life, Petersen’s Hunting, Rifle Shooter, Petersen’s Bowhunting, Bowhunter, Game & Fish magazines, Handguns, F.O.P Fraternal Order of Police, Archery Business, SHOT Business, OutdoorRoadmap.com, TheGearExpert.com and others. Dave is currently a staff writer for Cheaper Than Dirt!

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Comments (28)

  • Beau Bennett

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    You folks have never seen the parking lot sales just outside every So. Florida gun show. More guns sold outside, than inside. People buy accessories inside. I saw 2 AK’s go from Trunk-to-Trunk right next to my truck. On the way out I saw pistol sale in the lot too.

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    • G-Man

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      Beau Bennett,

      That must have been a beautiful American sight watching Capitalism and the Second Amendment flourish in action and un-infringed just as it was always intended to be.

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  • rick

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    The Washington Post is a rag and nothing printed in it is worthy of consideration. That rag is used by the corrupt establishment elite to spread lies and propaganda to maintain the lies already implanted in the dem voting sheep.

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  • Sal

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    Hi. I have a question. What stops terrorist from shipping in or making their own guns or gun parts? You can buy an 80% lower with no check at all. Are we so dumb that we don’t think they can do that. Gun laws stop law abiding citizens from getting and carrying guns. Terrorist are organized and can machine and make stuff just like we can.

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  • TL

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    “A private party can never do a private party transfer of a class III weapon or any item requiring a tax.” I think you mean NFA or Title II weapon. Class 3 is the dealer type. Aside from state law about them, you absolutely can do private transfer of NFA items within your state on a Form 4 and wait the many months it takes to process. Since all tax stamps include a background check you do not need an FFL unless interstate commerce is involved. C&R eligible items including registered machine guns can be transferred interstate with the right licenses if the item is on the C&R list. Still a lot of red tape and fingerprints but very different from “no private sales ever”.

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  • DarryH

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    I have never heard of a gun show requiring non-FFL holders to do background checks. You MUST have an FFL before you can use the NICS system. Having said that, most non-FFL holders DO follow all state and local laws. There may be a bad apple in any bunch, just as with politicians !!!

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    • jay

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      Well said!

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    • G-Man

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      @ DarryH,

      You obviously don’t sell or buy at many gun shows to “have never heard of a gun show requiring non-FFL holders to do background checks”. Throughout many states there are hundreds of municipally run convention centers and private hosts that do require this of private sellers before a sale is allowed to go through.

      Because non-FFL sellers have no NICS check access, the shows set up a transfer center at each show. It is usually a table or booth manned by a licensed FFL who does it for a small fee between the two private parties. But yes, it does go on more than not these days. So know you have heard of it.

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  • Bob S.

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    Liberals and Socialists are just one step above Communists. They want to run the world and if we have our guns they can’t. The Washington Post and all the liberal actors are just Soros puppets.

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  • John Sullivan

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    If I had the money I would reprint this article, in full page, in every newpaper in the country. Not that the anti- gunners would ever believe it but folks that might be “on the fence” and uniformed would learn something.

    I get so frustrated with Hollywood and other anti gunners that make outright lies and other outrageous claims and NO ONE calls them on it. What happened to investigating to get the truth in our society?

    Great article. Thanks.

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    • Dave Dolbee

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      Thanks for reading. ~Dave Dolbee

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    • Jay

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      Again, well said sir!

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  • Bill C

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    I really don’t know why this is a surprise. The liberal media was behind HRC and did everything they could to help her. They are also anti-Trump and opposing anything that is conservative in nature. It furthers their agenda to hop on anything they can to turn the general public to their idea that all guns are bad, and it’s easy to obtain a firearm legally by terrorists. It almost seems as if they want to encourage ISIS attacks here by opposing the POTUS’s proposed temporary travel ban on the countries deemed hotbeds of terrorism. When Obama wanted to single those same countries out nobody was complaining.

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  • JohnMD1022

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    What is the provenance of that photo?

    I believe it to be staged.

    Please reply.

    john

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    • Dave Dolbee

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      Not staged, just a photo I snapped at a gun show several years ago. ~Dave Dolbee

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