Don’t Believe The Left. Purchasing A Firearm Is Far More Complex Than Voting

“It’s easier to purchase a gun than it is to vote.” It is a talking point the Left has regurgitated since Georgia passed a voter integrity law that requires residents to show proof of identification in exchange for a ballot. While the talking point sounds great on paper, it is rooted in ignorance, lies, or a combo of the two. 

How to legally purchase a firearm

When purchasing a firearm, the buyer must fill out the Department of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives’ (ATF) 4473 form. It asks basic information, like the person’s full name, social security number, driver’s license number, and address. The bottom of the form has a number of questions that are used to determine whether or not a person is prohibited from owning a firearm. Being an illegal alien, dishonorably discharged from the military, or a drug user are all reasons someone would be denied a sale. The answers are generally based on the honor system, unless criminal convictions are flagged during the background check. 

Once the 4473 form is filled out, the seller must fork over a credit card and pay a Federal Firearms Licensee (FFL) – commonly referred to as a “gun dealer” – a fee to complete a background check and, assuming they pass, to transfer the gun. The fee usually costs between $20 and $30 per firearm. Some FFLs will offer a slight discount if multiple firearms are purchased and/or transferred at one time. 

 

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