AURORA, Colo. — Getting your hands on a gun is easy.
Despite all the talk about gun control, you can buy a high-powered rifle or handgun with no background check, no paperwork and no questions asked.
In most states it’s perfectly legal.
In just a matter of hours, our sister station KDVR’s Senior Investigative Reporter Josh Bernstein bought an AR15, an Uzi and a 9mm MAC 11 with three 30-round magazines and a box of bullets.
The weapons weren’t purchased from a gun store or licensed dealer, they were purchased from total strangers in public parking lots.
The transactions were part of a month-long undercover investigation by our Denver sister station, KDVR.
Their objective was not to take a stance on gun control, but to demonstrate the drastic difference between the highly regulated transactions taking place at gun stores and the generally unregulated world of private gun sales.
At a gun store background checks are mandatory.
Your name, date of birth, address and other information are uploaded into the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System or NICS.
Last year, almost 18 million names were entered into the system.
Online it’s a much different story.
Private gun sales in many states, require no background check, no paperwork and no questions asked.