On balance, do legal gun dealers care if their guns are used for illegal acts.

Posted by: Mathgeekjoe

  • No

  • Yes

44% 8 votes
56% 10 votes
  • So do illegal ones, actually. There was a guy I knew who sold a gun to a man illegally. The man's son later used it to shoot up a school. That guy felt horrible until the day he died.

  • They probably care, because then they do hold some responsibility when firearms can be traced back to dealers. However, if dealers fulfill all their legal responsibilities, there really isn't much they can do.

  • Yes. Most places have policies in place that require them to grill customers and run background checks. On top of that, the smaller more private businesses are almost always run by a gun lover with an agenda. They like to feel they are supplying fellow NRA members and not criminals.

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TBR says2015-04-16T22:11:09.6694405-05:00
No way of knowing, however, they are part of the group that resist attempts to control issues like this so....
PetersSmith says2015-04-16T22:18:02.5282294-05:00
Some do background checks, which implies they do at least somewhat care.
Mathgeekjoe says2015-04-16T22:18:51.0036727-05:00
It is also bad business if people know you sold a gun that was used in a murder.
Craighawley215 says2015-04-16T22:21:27.7568931-05:00
All due respect, TBR, if firearms dealers abide by all the required legal processes, such as being licensed dealers and requiring background checks, then I don't understand how they are resisting attempts to control gun issues? The firearms manufacturers on average are more resistant to legislation than the local dealers.
TheMarquis says2015-04-16T22:24:32.0312193-05:00
@Joe: I now kind of wonder something. Do you think it would be a good way to get dark clientel, like the people who love some evil thing or just like to be where something bad started, if a gun shop advertised that one of their guns did a famous shooting?
TBR says2015-04-16T22:28:42.5537567-05:00
"resisting attempts to control gun issues? The firearms manufacturers on average are more resistant to legislation than the local dealers." - I don't disagree that manufactures are resistant, but give no break to the dealers. They TOO have been very resistant.
Mathgeekjoe says2015-04-16T22:30:25.3070801-05:00
"Do you think it would be a good way to get dark clientel, like the people who love some evil thing or just like to be where something bad started, if a gun shop advertised that one of their guns did a famous shooting?" I believe that matters more with a black market than a legal gun dealer.
TheMarquis says2015-04-16T22:37:34.6408915-05:00
@Joe: Black market dealers aren't that likely to advertise. There are a lot of underground and semi-legal places that are pretty much ran by Heil's type of people. White supremacy and illegal gun trade go weirdly hand in hand. I can bet money they'd brag if one of their guns killed one of the many "unarmed black teens," but cops don't usually buy from that type of place.
Mathgeekjoe says2015-04-16T22:40:17.3076636-05:00
"There are a lot of underground and semi-legal places that are pretty much ran by Heil's type of people. White supremacy and illegal gun trade go weirdly hand in hand. I can bet money they'd brag if one of their guns killed one of the many "unarmed black teens," but cops don't usually buy from that type of place." Key word in that is illegal gun trade.
Craighawley215 says2015-04-16T22:44:50.4788719-05:00
TBR, maybe some of the larger dealers, but the small shops quite simply don't have the pull to really resist on major gun control issues. Could you be a bit more specific?
Thinkandthink says2017-11-11T17:23:22.6718143Z
How could someone know that?

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