The outcry over my reference to the gun show loophole elicited a lot of response from gun aficionados (See the post under “Clarifying the Gun Show Loophole.). But Doug Pennington of the Brady Campaign offered his own, interesting take on the supposed non-existent loophole:
The gun show loophole is real, but it's easy to fix. Federally licensed gun dealers are required to run Brady criminal background checks wherever they sell guns - at a store, a gun show, wherever.
Unlicensed gun sellers are not. Gun shows are important because licensed and unlicensed gun sellers can have booths right next to each
other. One guy has to run background checks but the other doesn't. That makes no sense.
Listen to this private seller of an AK-47 and an SKS rifle at a gun show in Kentucky, who says, "No background check, no paperwork. You see
a gun here you like, pay me for it and take it with you."
If we wouldn't allow this at a gun store, why would we allow it at a gun show? Why would we allow it anywhere?
The easiest way to fix this problem is to require unlicensed gun buyers and sellers to find the nearest licensed gun dealer - either at a gun
store, or if at a gun show, possibly at the booth right next to you – to run a Brady criminal background check first. The licensed dealer might charge $10 or $20 to run the check - probably less. Once the check comes back authorized, the dealer keeps the paperwork and the sale can be completed. It's not rocket science, and it's the right thing to do.