News Flash: Legally Buying a Gun Isn’t So Easy After All


Legally Buying a Gun Isn’t So Easy
Legally Buying a Gun Isn’t So Easy

Fairfax, VA – -( Earlier this month, an intrepid news reporter for Business Insider decided to see for herself how easy it was to get a gun from Walmart, even as gun control activists were calling on the retail giant to stop selling firearms. She then recounted her experience in an admirably straightforward article.

Spoiler alert: it didn’t work out so well for her or for gun control advocates who hope to convince Americans that guns are just too easy to get.

There’s a whole genre of gun control rhetoric centered around all the things that are supposedly more difficult to get or to do in America than buying a gun.

Barack Obama was a frequent practitioner of this trope, insisting guns were easier to get than computers, books, and even fresh vegetables.

One author went so far as to claim it was easier to buy a gun in America than to take a shower or to find toilet paper in a public bathroom.

Of course, America is a big country, and not everyone has the same experience buying guns from sea to shining sea. In New York City, for example, buying a firearm will take an eligible person many months and hundreds of dollars, apart from the price of the gun itself. In the nation’s capital, you can’t shop for firearms at all, because there are no stocking firearm dealers. And if you want to buy a gun in San Francisco, you’re just plain out of luck, as the local officialdom ran off the last dealer some time ago.

But Hayley Peterson conducted her investigation in Virginia, one of the more straightforward places to buy a gun. Virginia has stricter laws than the U.S. government for firearm purchases. But an eligible person who comes prepared to a gun shop can still hope to fill out a couple of forms, receive a timely answer from the Commonwealth’s “instant check” system, and leave with the firearm at least in the same day, if not considerably sooner.

Private businesses, however, may have their own policies that add additional time and complications to this process, as Ms. Peterson would soon discover.

Ms. Peterson was not being particularly choosy about the gun she wanted to buy. She understood that Walmart does not sell handguns or semi-automatic rifles. Her main criteria, it seems, was to find the most inexpensive gun she could.

Her first hurdle was that Walmart does not advertise its gun sales, and only some of its stores sell guns. In fact, Ms. Peterson learned that neither Walmart’s website nor even the corporate personnel who answered its telephones would provide information on which Walmart stores stock firearms. It took her hours and dozens of calls before she found a location that acknowledged it sold guns onsite.

When Ms. Peterson did find a Walmart stocking guns, the selection was limited. The guns were also locked behind glass and strung together with zips ties and a metal cable, so customers could not handle them without a sales associate’s assistance.

Ms. Peterson was able to inspect a gun on her first trip to Walmart. She did not get to complete her transaction, however, because a manager told her there was no one working that day who was authorized to sell firearms. Only select Walmart employees go through the enhanced vetting and special training necessary to be eligible to sell firearms.

Ms. Peterson returned to the same Walmart store two days later. This time there was an authorized seller on hand.

But before the reporter could even finish the paperwork, the employee had identified a problem. The address on Ms. Peterson’s driver’s license, which she was using as her official form of identification for the purchase, didn’t match her actual home address. Thus, Ms. Peterson would have to provide additional substantiation of her actual address for the transaction to proceed.

That’s the point at which the young reporter decided to abandon her attempt to buy a gun at Walmart.

Her assessment: “Overall, the experience left me with the impression that buying a gun at Walmart is more complicated than I expected, and that Walmart takes gun sales and security pretty seriously.”

Welcome to your first experience with American gun culture, Hayley Peterson. Complexity, security, and taking rules seriously are par for the course.

In fact, law-abiding gun owners have been routinely and patiently jumping through a variety of governmental and private sector hoops to exercise their right to keep and bear arms throughout modern history.

But when gun control proposals focus on the hoops for their own sake, rather than as safeguards against the diversion of guns for nefarious purposes, then it’s time for gun owners to take a stand in favor of their rights. With more and more gun control proponents admitting that what they really want is to keep guns away from everybody, law-abiding or not, and even take away the guns people already own, this is more necessary than ever.

As for Ms. Peterson, she didn’t get her gun, but she did produce an honest and revealing article.

And even we might admit that it’s easier to get a gun than to get honest reporting on firearms out of most of the “mainstream” media.

National Rifle Association Institute For Legislative Action (NRA-ILA)


Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the “lobbying” arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is responsible for preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purchase, possess and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Visit:

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A member of the media lying??? Is anybody surprised? If the occupation requires a education then LYING 101 must be a first year requirement.


Too bad the NRA won’t make an effort to have the militias revitalized. Too bad the NRA refuses to expound on the power of the jury in their publications. Too bad the NRA is the WILL COMPROMISE organization that people are foolish enough to support when there is the GOA that WILL NOT compromise. Too bad the NRA is basically an organization run by people who think their time on the job is worth 7 digit salaries. Too bad I can’t get my life membership costs back because I wouldn’t hesitate. Too bad the NRA doesn’t even have decent writers.

Wild Bill

The author from the NRA, writes: ” But when gun control proposals focus on the hoops for their own sake, rather than as safeguards against the diversion of guns for nefarious purposes, then it’s time for gun owners to take a stand in favor of their rights. With more and more gun control proponents admitting that what they really want is to keep guns away from everybody, law-abiding or not,…” At the point of legislation, it is way too late for gun owners to take a stand. At that point, the stand is up to the courts because what this… Read more »


UNALIENABLE rights trump “civil” rights. Civil rights are GRANTED by the civil “authority”. Unalienable rights are natural rights granted by birth.

Wild Bill

@CL, Our civil rights are not granted. Things granted by government are: license, franchise, monopoly, permission, authorization, consent, leave, sanction, dispensation, clearance; assent, or approval.
The civil refers to our civilization, as opposed to rights attained by being part of a warrior cult as in some cultures of the past or to rights attained by being part of some religious group.

Green Mtn. Boy

Unless one is of the Leftard moron variety.


Wait a minute here, on the form 4473 it states that a recognized form of ID with your current address on it must be provided, and it has to be an actual address. This journalist would have been denied a purchase until she returned with an updated ID.
In FL you only have a certain amount of time to do so, 30-45 days or something like that.


Another stupid journalist being schooled. However, we all know that private sales in most states are not regulated (Constitutional compliant) and buying an “unregistered” firearm is not, and should not be and isn’t, a big deal or reason for concern for anyone other than a Democrat with an agenda, a Liberal with an agenda or an ignorant gun fearing PC individual who believes anything they see on the boob tube or read on line or in the fake newspapers.

Heed the Call-up

With the exception of some states and certain firearms (aka NFA items), firearms are not registered regardless of who sells them. The Form 4473 shows what you purchased, but until a FFL goes out of business or sold, the forms are not in a centralized area. Even after the ATF gets them, they are not allowed to process them in such a way as to create a list of firearm owners nor of what each firearm owner purchased. Technically, you could state, due to the 4473 that firearms are “registered”. The same could be said of the records that companies… Read more »


No crime or criminal access to a firearm has ever been prevented by being compelled to give up your 4th Amendment right to be secure from search of your papers and effects (government databases), your 5th Amendment right to due process by conviction in a court of law of wrongdoing before your rights may be taken, your 9th Amendment right to be secure from being compelled to give up a right in order to exercise a right, your 10th Amendment right to be secure from the federal exercise of power now delegated, or your 10th Amendment right to be secure… Read more »


Trump the Traitor is at it again. The Trump administration is considering launching a social credit score-style system in coordination with Big Tech that would use spy data collected from Amazon, Google and Apple devices to determine whether or not an individual can own a gun. All the talk about taking on the Big Tech companies is pure Bull!! We’ve been cornered again for 2020 – voting for the lesser of 2 evils. Beware of what you post least you decide to purchase a gun:

Wild Bill

@Truth, I went to the link. Not very convincing. Just outrageous click bait so that they can sell adds rather than work for a living.


The fact the article exists may not “prove” anything, however, the real possibility this could be done is what alarms me. Just because it’s from PP does not automatically render it false or unlikely. And yes, it may be provoking the use of its ads. I try to look at all possibilities and this is one in many. Thanks though for your posts as I respect much of what you write.


Alex Jones on the top of the blog says enough.


Yeah. I haven’t been at PP for over 2 years and forgot AJ is a shrill agent. Thanks for the reminder.


Good for her, while she still has a lot to learn maybe she won’t believe some of the lies.

I wonder how many people’s minds would change if anyone who thought it was so easy to buy a gun just went out and tried to do it. Not that they would make for strong allies.

Heed the Call-up

They might not be able to buy a firearm anyway, since FFLs are not required to sell to anyone they decide not to. If I had a reporter or anyone else fishing around trying to buy just any firearm he/she could get hold of the cheapest, I would become suspicious and probably not sell to that person, either.