This spring, a man in King County posted an ad on an online gun market, seeking a 9mm handgun.
“Cash in hand for the right deal,” he wrote.
Around the same time, a man in Tacoma posted an ad saying he was “always looking for guns.” A Vancouver man posted an ad seeking to buy pistols. A Longview man posted an ad seeking a lower receiver for an assault rifle.
Each of the men was legally prohibited from owning firearms due to criminal convictions – burglary, robbery, rape, assault on a police officer. None could pass a background check with a licensed dealer, but online sales, like gun show sales, are a complete black market. No questions asked.