Illegal Gun Sales in NY Easy to Come By Online
In an effort to see just how big of a problem online illegal gun sales where, Mayor Michael Bloomberg authorized the city of New York to hire private investigators to look into it. The results show that there are many sellers who simply don’t care who it is that they are selling to, only that they get the weapon off their hands and money in them.
According to the Wall Street Journal, the investigators called 125 sellers who had posted ads on various online sites. The ads came from 14 different states and 10 sites. Of them, 62% expressed that they would be willing to sell a weapon to someone who “probably couldn’t pass” a background check.
Background checks are required by law and most certified gun dealers know this and adhere to the law. Private sellers, however, are another story.
The private investigators would find an ad, show interest and ask questions, and then say something to the effect of, “you won’t do a background investigation will you?” Following that statement with, “Because I probably couldn’t pass one.”
With an estimated 4,000 websites that offer guns for sale and many of these guns coming from private sellers, it would be a daunting task for the state or any level of government to even begin to regulate.
According to the report, 82% of the sellers contacted on Craigslist were willing to do an illegal sale, 78% on Glocktalk, 77% on Gunlistings.org, 73% on KSL.com, and 55% on Armslist.com. Someone looking for a weapon no longer has to purchase one “off the streets”. Now, you can simply get online and have it shipped to your home, with seemingly no questions asked.
Gun crimes are a top concern for city officials. An NYPD officer was slain just this week. Officials at all levels of city and state government would love nothing more than to have all illegal weapons off the streets and only responsible gun owners with weapons in their possession. But a vision like that is a long way off.
Under NY law, weapons offenses are treated very seriously. The potential for tragedy when guns are involved is great, and the laws reflect this.
Criminal use of a firearm in the first and the second degree are both considered serious felonies. Criminal possession of a weapon in the first, second and third degrees are also classified as felonies. There are a number of very serious felony gun charges under state law, charges that carry the potential for a lengthy prison sentence.
If you are charged with a weapons offense, you need someone on your side looking out for your best interests. Contact us today to discuss the details of your case and how we might be able to help.