President Joe Biden’s claims that there are no background checks at firearms sales at gun shows have drawn criticism, with fact-checking websites saying that it is false.
Biden during a White House speech on Thursday asserted that a person could buy “whatever you want” at a gun show without a background check.
“Most people don’t know it, you walk into a store and you buy a gun, you have a background check. But you go to a gun show, you can buy whatever you want and no background check,” Biden said.
The law stipulates that the seller can only make the sale if they do not have reasonable cause to believe the buyer is prohibited from owning a firearm under federal law. Meanwhile, some states have laws that prohibit gun sales between a non-dealer and an individual.
“But,” the ATF adds, “such [a] term shall not include a person who makes occasional sales, exchanges, or purchases of firearms for the enhancement of a personal collection or for a hobby, or who sells all or part of his personal collection of firearms.”
For years, some politicians have invoked the so-called “gun show loophole” while pushing for new legislation restricting the sale or ownership of firearms. However, a private seller—who is not a dealer—can sell to another person without conducting a background check at a gun show or anywhere else.
Republicans also reacted to Biden’s assertion on Thursday.
“Joe Biden is either lying, never bought a gun at a gun show, or both,” former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows wrote on Twitter.
In his speech, Biden said he is taking executive action on guns, including regulating so-called “ghost guns,” declaring certain firearms using a stabilizing brace as rifles, and more. It comes after two mass shootings in Atlanta and Boulder, Colorado, that left 18 people dead.