US Gun Laws Are So Lax, a Reporter Was Able to Buy an Assault Rifle in 7 Minutes

When you own an assault rifle, killing 49 people in a nightclub is as simple as loading, aiming, and shooting. And when you live in the United States, owning an assault rifle is as easy as walking into a store and slapping down a credit card. It will take you seven minutes. Seven minutes! That's it. 


According to Helen Ubinas, a Philadelphia Inquirer columnist who went to a local gun store to see what the purchasing process is like, you don't need a reason why you'd want to buy a wartime weapon. You just need the money, a driver's licence, and a US citizenship.

The store Ubinas went to was a licensed gun shop, and she said that an AR-15 -- a gun almost identical to the one that was used to kill 49 people in Orlando less than a week ago, and the one that was used in mass shootings in Newtown, Connecticut; San Bernardino, California; and Aurora, Colorado -- was displayed in the window and advertised as the "gun of the week."

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After filling out a page and a half of paperwork and waiting a few minutes for her background check, she said the sales guy handed her a literal weapon of war and congratulated her on buying the most popular gun in the country "before there's a run on the gun from nervous gun owners who fear a ban on them."

And that was it.

Ubinas had a gun in her hand in seven minutes. It takes longer to take a shower or to pack a kid's lunch. It takes longer to call your mom or wait in line at Trader Joe's. As Ubinas pointed out, it will probably take longer to read off the list of names an assault rifle killed last weekend than to buy the rifle yourself.

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Some states have stricter laws than others, but it should not be that easy anywhere. That gun is designed to fight wars and murder human beings, and it has no place in homes or in a peaceful society. We understand the need for hunting rifles or small guns for self-defense. But an assault weapon? Where's the need for that?

After she purchased her gun, Ubinas went straight to the police to turn it in. There, she said, she was given more paperwork to fill out than at the gun store, and she was met with more questions about her intentions than the sales guy had to start with.

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