Fact-checkers Debunk Joe Biden’s Claims on the “Gun Show Loophole”

Fact-checkers quickly spotted Joe Biden’s falsehoods made during the announcement of his executive actions on gun control.


The president claimed that Americans could buy whatever they want at gun shows because background checks are not required. Gun control activists call this phenomenon the “gun show loophole” to make it sound more convincing.


“Most people don’t know: If you walk into a store and you buy a gun, you have a background check. But you go to a gun show, you can buy whatever you want and no background check,” Biden said.

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However, the Dispatch and the Washington Free Beacon fact-checked Biden’s claims and found them misleading. The Dispatch explains that under Section 922 of Title 18 of the U.S. Code, background checks must be carried out by federally licensed gun sellers regardless of where the sale takes place.


Because many licensed vendors sell at gun shows, buyers must, therefore, pass a background check to complete the sale at gun shows.


“The setting of the sale does not matter: background checks are required when purchasing a gun from a federally licensed firearm dealer at a gun show just as they are at a store,” the Dispatch states.


The Washington Free Beacon reiterated that “federal law does not regulate gun sales based on where they occur. Instead, it regulates them based on who is involved in the sale. If a licensed gun dealer is selling a gun to a private citizen, the sale must go through a background check. Licensed dealers can and do sell guns at gun shows.”


Politifact said the president's remarks on background checks at gun shows were exaggerated and mostly false.

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki tried to twist Biden’s narrative on background checks at gun shows.


When asked whether Biden believed that gun buyers do not have to undergo a background check at gun shows, Psaki said, “No, it’s not his belief. He believes that background checks should be universal.”


This is hardly a huge discovery for the majority in the gun community who are conversant with gun laws and the process of procuring a firearm.


However, many Americans who are not gun experts must have heard the president’s speech as the gospel truth.


Unsurprisingly gun control thrives on deliberate mass misinformation. That's why the president's press secretary outrightly clarifies that the president does not believe what he said.

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