snoqueen wrote:Why do private dealers not have to follow the same rules as licensed dealers?
If they did, then where would a guy who wants to shoot his wife right now get a gun? He's got a right to be armed, you know.
You don't think it's easy to buy a hot gun on the street in Milwaukee? Or to steal one? There's always a way to get one unless you're locked up.
Hell, buy a cap and ball revolver. No paperwork, pay cash, no record of it. No background check. No waiting period. Get a Colt Walker, 450 foot pounds of energy, that's approaching a .357 Magnum. Designed in 1846 and probably the most powerful handgun until the .357 came out ~1935. Reloading is slow, so get a couple of them. Even under Washington D.C.'s most repressive gun laws these were not considered "firearms."
I don't understand why anyone believes that someone who is determined to break one law will feel restrained by another law. Do you think Haughton's thought process was "I'd really like to kill that bitch, but I can't legally possess a gun and there's a sign up on the door saying I can't bring a gun in the spa!" ?