We see it all the time in the news: the dreaded gun show loophole.
Supposedly this is a way that wanted felons and active terrorists can simply stroll into the arms bazaars known as gun shows and buy whatever they want without the shadow of a background check.
"Close the gun show loophole!" the media cries, and their argument would be compelling - if it were true.
Here I must pause to note that once again the people writing about firearms and this "loophole" are the ones least likely to actually purchase a gun at gun show.
Given the low academic requirements (and dismal career prospects), it is hard for me to beat up on the journalism school grads who peddle this lie, but I am less charitable towards politicians who almost certainly know better.
The fact of the matter is that there is no actual "gun show loophole" in either state or federal law. Gun shows are simply a temporary market; all applicable regulations remain in place.
Thus, if you live in a police state that requires a license to own a firearm, that rule will still be in effect at a gun show.
If you are purchasing a firearm from a federally licensed dealer, an instant background check is required - whether you are in a shop or at a gun show.
I can put it no more plainly than this: there is no loophole.
Now there are enlightened states that allow the transfer of firearms from owner to owner without government intervention. These sales are entirely private affairs, much as one might sell a lawn mower or chainsaw.
It is these sales that gun control advocates wish to ban.
Their logic is sketchy but their goals are clear: To regulate every aspect of gun ownership. Their desired end state is total prohibition, but these people are nothing if not persistent.
The fact remains that there is no loophole, but the great hope of the prohibitionists is that if they repeat the lie often enough, people will agree to what they want and they will have successfully snuffed out a little more of our freedom.
Let there be no mistake, however, this is a mythical creature fabricated by talking points. Like the words "assault weapon" and "high-powered" it exists purely to feed on public ignorance.