Gun control group praise unlicensed dealer busts

Reminding the public of President Obama’s executive actions, gun control group Everytown praised ATF’s latest enforcement activities busting unlicensed dealers.

In the past month, ATF agents shut down three sellers in different parts of the country who were “engaged in the business” of selling firearms without a license.

“The recent indictments of unlicensed, high volume gun sellers are a promising sign that President Obama’s executive action clarifying the standard for what it means to be ‘engaged in the business’ of selling firearms is working,” said John Feinblatt, president of Everytown, in a statement emailed to on Friday.

“It’s a wake-up call to sellers who are brazenly flouting the law online for all to see – and we hope to see more of it so there will be fewer avenues for criminals to buy guns without a background check and our communities will be safer,” he added.

While selling the private sale of a firearm, meaning without a background check, is legal, the repeated private sale of firearms for profit is not. Per federal law, licensed gun dealers must conduct a background check before facilitating a transfer of a firearm.

At the beginning of the year, the president issued executive actions aimed at improving the federal background check system, which included measures to crackdown on those “engaged in the business” of selling firearms without a license.

The recent busts include a Twin Cities man who bought guns online and would the flip them by posting ads on ArmsList. Investigators linked three of the guns to crimes around the city.

The second included a former reality TV star who lost his federal firearms license but continued operating his business by falsifying mandatory paperwork.

Lastly, the ATF launched an investigation into a Wisconsin man after he bought 500 guns with the intention of selling them online or at gun shows.

Although the busts happened after the Obama Administration launched its initiative, the investigations were launched in the years prior, in one case 2013.

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