Why do you need a picture ID to vote but you can buy guns at gun shows without any ID at all?

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  • Torgo
    Lv 7
    8 years ago
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    Even at a gun show, you need an ID to prove you are of legal age. Only a few states require a background check at a gun show, though.

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  • Susan
    Lv 4
    4 years ago

    First: If you bought guns without showing ID and going through a background check, both you and the person who sold you the guns are guilty of a felony and are very lucky if you were not prosecuted. Second: The people who say that you should show your ID to vote also say that you should not only show your ID to vote, but you should also submit to a background check to make certain that you have never been convicted of a felony and to make certain that you do not have a history of mental illness. .

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  • 8 years ago

    Lots of uninformed people here.

    Yes, in states that haven't outlawed it, private sellers can sell a gun at a gun show without any sort of ID check or background check.

    And this is the one and only piece of gun control I support. All gun transfers, outside of immediate family, should be subjected to an instant background check by a licensed dealer.

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  • Anonymous
    8 years ago

    Thru a ....middleman... at the Gun show.....The legal person, resells the gun with a skimming profit..

    He sells the guns usually in the parking lot of the gun show to 3rd person Americans without an ID(kooks + crazy's),..

    or to Mexican Mules, who bring them to Mexico,...Where Mexican Border Guards don't search people going into Mexico..

    Current TV,...."Vanguard"

    you can't stop guns anymore than you can stop drugs, or abortions, There's always American crooks in the mix..

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  • Anonymous
    8 years ago

    The gun show loophole is a myth.

    The rules for purchasing a gun from a private owner are exactly the same as they are if the purchase were to take place in a living room of a private home.

    If you buy a gun from a federally licensed dealer you have to provide ID, submit paperwork and pass a background check. The rules are the same if the dealer has a booth at a gun show, works from his home or owns a shop.

    Source(s): former FFL dealer NRA Life Member Former police officer Unapologetic gun nut.
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  • Mark G
    Lv 7
    8 years ago

    That is not true, you can buy guns in some areas at gun shows without a background check, but most vendors will record your personal information along with the purchase information to protect their own asses if you decided to do something stupid, this may be required at a lot of the shows.

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  • 8 years ago

    Because guns don't kill people. Voting, however, that's been shown to kill lots of innocent people. Like on juries that impose the death penalty.

    Also, it seems people are thinking that because some polities do restrict sales at Gun shows, that no others don't.

    That's not true. If they were quibbling over you not being specific as to a state, I might understand that grievance, but they're responding with the same blanket statements as you, and claiming you are lying.

    "U.S. federal law requires persons engaged in interstate firearm commerce, or those who are "engaged in the business" of dealing firearms, to hold a Federal Firearms License and perform background checks through the National Instant Criminal Background Check System maintained by the FBI prior to transferring a firearm. Under the terms of the Firearm Owners Protection Act of 1986, however, individuals "not engaged in the business" of dealing firearms, or who only make "occasional" sales within their state of residence, are under no requirement to conduct background checks on purchasers or maintain records of sale (although even private sellers are forbidden under federal law from selling firearms to persons they have reason to believe are felons or otherwise prohibited from purchasing firearms)."

    "Presently, 17 states regulate private firearm sales at gun shows. Seven states require background checks on all gun sales at gun shows (California, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Oregon, New York, Illinois and Colorado). Four states (Hawaii, Maryland, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania) require background checks on all handgun, but not long gun, purchasers at gun shows. Six states require individuals to obtain a permit to purchase handguns that involves a background check (Massachusetts, Michigan, North Carolina, Iowa, Nebraska). Certain counties in Florida require background checks on all private sales of handguns at gun shows. The remaining 33 states do not restrict private, intrastate sales of firearms at gun shows in any manner."

    Funny how the reality isn't quite how they represent it to be either.

    Who is lying? Huh.

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  • Anonymous
    8 years ago

    False

    you must show ID and get a background check to purchase a gun

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  • 8 years ago

    Another liberal lie.

    An ID is required as well as a background check.

    Also, you can't purchase a handgun without a waiting period.

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  • 8 years ago

    You're a liar.

    ...and EVEN if that was true, there is a difference between needing an id for the exchange of goods and services, and needing an id for voting (which inherently relies that one person votes only ONCE).

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