John Lott Debunks Myth That 40% of Guns Are Sold Without a Background Check

January 24 2013
by Dan Cannon
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Politicians, including the president, have been throwing around a stat recently in their push for more gun control.

We keep hearing that 40% of gun purchases take place without a background check.

Noted gun violence researcher Dr. John Lott has published an article on the National Review Online debunking that number.

Apparently the stat comes from a survey of 251 people almost 20 years ago and when you take out guns that were inherited, legally given as gifts, or issued to a person at their work (law enforcement, private security, etc) the number is actually closer 15%.

Also notable is that this survey was before the current background check system was put into place.

Hit the link to the full article at the bottom of this post to read the full write up.

Great work as always Dr. Lott.

Dan Cannon

Dan Cannon

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Dan has combined his education and professional background in technology with his passion for shooting and personal rights to create one of the most read Second Amendment news websites online. His articles are also syndicated in The Daily Caller's "Guns and Gear" Section.

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