One of the largest U.S. gun control groups is launching a campaign
against gun dealers who sell weapons to criminals which include
protests and a slate of lawsuits.
Officials with the Brady
Center to Prevent Gun Violence on Friday said the campaign will also
include a code of conduct it will urge gun dealers nationwide to sign.
The first protest will be on Saturday in front of a gun store in the
suburbs of Chicago, which has been plagued with gun violence in recent
The group's president, Dan Gross, said 60 percent of
guns used in crimes in the United States are sold by just 1 percent of
gun dealers, which will be the targets of the group's efforts.
are the bad apples ... who skirt the strong and effective background
check laws, turn off video surveillance equipment (in gun shops), and
falsify sales records all to cover their tracks and improve their bottom
line,” Gross said during a telephone press conference from Chicago.
I'm all for this, except I wouldn't use the term "bad apples." That seems to imply they are a tiny minority. The true percentage of FFL gun sellers which takes shortcuts or actually breaks the law is probably about the same as the percentage of lawful gun owners who are really unfit and unqualified, and for the same reasons.