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Thursday, December 20, 2012

Absurd

In many states, to purchase a gun from a licensed dealer you need a permit, which requires you to complete firearms-safety training, not unlike driver’s education. But, even if all states required this, not everyone who buys a gun would have to take a class. That’s because forty per cent of the guns purchased in the United States are bought from private sellers at gun shows, or through other private exchanges, such as classified ads, which fall under what is known as the “gun-show loophole” and are thus unregulated...

Jill Lepore, The New Yorker, April 23, 2012

So, in the US, person does not require ID to purchase a military grade weapon. However, one may be asked to show ID in order to secure:

A bottle of wine
A pack cigarettes 
Entrance to an rated R movie
Entrance to a nightclub
A plane ticket
Keys to a rental car
A nudie magazine
A lottery ticket

Absurd.

FBI agent Del Bryce drawing his gun, Gjon Mili, 1945





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