History of Online Gun Stores
Well, partner, let me tell y'all a story 'bout how the online gun stores and firearms sales over the internet became a hot topic in the good ol' United States of America. Now, mind you, this here tale ain't somethin' you'd find in your classic gun journals, but it's a yarn worth spinnin' nonetheless.
Late 1990s - Early 2000s: The Dawn of a New Age
Back when the internet was just a young pup, it gave birth to all sorts of newfangled ideas, and by the turn of the century, online gun stores and platforms for private sellers were the order of the day. Websites like GunBroker.com and GunsAmerica.com were pioneerin' the way for folks to buy and sell shootin' irons from the comfort of their own homes.
2008: A Thorny Patch called Armslist
Not long after, a website by the name of Armslist.com sprouted up. This classified ad site for firearms became a real burr under the saddle for some folks, on account of a few high-profile cases where guns sold on the platform were used in some downright deplorable acts. Critics started to holler about how easy it was for no-good varmints to slip past the law and get their mitts on weapons they had no business ownin'.
2013: The Manchin-Toomey Showdown
Well, after that terrible tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School, the U.S. Senate took a gander at somethin' called the Manchin-Toomey Amendment. This here proposal aimed to lasso online gun sales and private transfers at gun shows with the same background checks you'd find at a licensed dealer. But, as fate would have it, the amendment didn't quite make it through the shootin' match.
2016: Facebook Closes the Corral
In 2016, Facebook, that big ol' social media platform, decided to slam the gate on private gun sales. They reckoned it was high time to put a stop to folks usin' their website to dodge the law and peddle firearms without proper checks and balances.
Late 2010s - Present: The Trail Ahead
Nowadays, some places have tightened their cinches on online gun sales, requirin' that firearms be sent to a Federal Firearms License holder who conducts a proper background check before handin' the piece over to the buyer. But, even with these newfangled regulations, there's still a heap of concern about folks skippin' out on the checks and whatnot.
So there you have it, partner. The tale of online gun stores and firearms sales is still unravellin', and it's a mighty contentious subject. But remember, this story ain't the same in every country, and what I've told you here is mostly 'bout the happenin's in the United States.