Obama - No Minimum Threshold Before Private Gun Sales Require Background Checks
On January 4, the White House released a fact sheet which previews the executive gun control Obama will announce Tuesday, and it reveals there is no numerical threshold of sales that a private seller has to cross before being considered “engaged in the business of dealing in firearms.”
In other words, previous hints that there would be a “trigger”—a certain number of guns that a private seller had to sell before being considered “engaged in the business”—are now out the window.
Figures like those reported by NBC News, wherein they quoted sources saying, “the administration has considered 50 or 100 guns a year as the threshold to trigger these requirements,” have been discarded. A more fluid system—whereby any private seller can be considered “engaged in the business of dealing in firearms” regardless of the number of guns he sells or the frequency by which he sells them—seems to be what Obama has in mind.
And the language of the executive gun control shows that private sellers who occasionally advertise online or sell at gun shows can certainly be considered “engaged in the business” and, therefore, required to get an Federal Firearms License (FFL) and go through background checks each time they sell a gun.