What, exactly, is an unlicensed dealer? News reports note that as many as a third of the vendors at gun shows don't have gun-dealer licenses. That's because they're not selling guns; vendors peddle everything from beef jerky treats to bone-handled Bowie knives. Licensed gun dealers at gun shows sell large numbers of guns as a business, just as automobile dealers sell large numbers of cars to earn a living. "Unlicensed dealers" are, apparently, those individuals who might occasionally sell a gun or two from their private collections. Using the loaded language of gun-control activists, then, would anyone who sells a car through the classified ads qualify as an "unlicensed car dealer"?Last time I was at a gun show, I remember passing by a booth offering athletic socks. Was that vendor one of those infamous "unlicensed dealers?" Does it even matter to those who simply want guns banned and who use this "loophole" as an excuse to achieve that end?
Thanks, Times-Dispatch, for injecting some reality into the discussion.
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A good example of the confusion that exists can be seen in this Bristol Herald-Courier editorial. I'd recommend that the ignoramuses who pontificate on such matters actually visit a gun show (like this one being held tomorrow up in Salem). They might then have some attachment to reality and have a clue as to that which they criticize.