In response to the editorial on April 19 stating we should "listen to the public, not the NRA," I couldn't disagree more. Direct sales through the mail between individuals has been illegal since the Gun Control Act of 1968.
For Sen. Manchin, or anyone, to insinuate there is some "loophole" in Internet sales is disingenuous at best. Look up Gunbroker or GunsAmerica, and you will see that the gun must be shipped to your local FFL dealer for registration and background checks to complete the transaction. I've been through the process more than once.
As a lifelong gun owner I know of no legal means to buy, sell or trade firearms using any available shipping methods without violating current federal Law. Two private individuals can swap or sell their own firearms in "face to face" settings such as gun shows, but all federal and state law still applies. Manchin has destroyed his credibility with gun owners by exhibiting glaring ignorance of current law. Current gun and ammo sales are through the roof. That fact alone indicates how "the public" feels about guns and gun ownership.
We have to listen to the NRA. No one else seems to know what they're talking about.
David W. Boso