As the U.S. senate begins weeks of deliberations on President Obama's proposals to expand background checks for gun purchases, a Toronto newspaper has shown just how lax the current American laws are.
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Two intrepid Toronto Star reporters contacted a gun owner in Georgia via a private-sale website called armslist.com. The reporters met 'Bob' in a Starbucks parking lot:
The reporters, posing as Canadians recently moved to Georgia, handed him $270 for a .25-calibre German pistol, a Deutsche Werke that would sell for as much as $2,000 in Toronto. Bob described it as a “poor man’s James Bond” gun.
Cash on delivery. No background check, no identification asked for and none shown, even though federal law requires proof of state residency, such as a driver’s licence, for a private sale. No paper trail.
As explained by Global News, consumers who buy guns from a licensed firearms dealer in