Sean Hannity Falsely Claims There Are Background Checks for All Gun Sales (Video)

| by Michael Allen

Fox News' Sean Hannity falsely asserted yesterday that there are background checks for every gun sale in the US.

On his Fox News show, Hannity began the segment by slamming an anti-gun violence ad by Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America and Mayors Against Illegal Guns, noted (video below).

Hannity then imagined various scenarios where a criminal had a gun and asked Alexis McGill Johnson, of the American Values Institute, if she would want an armed guard at a school or to be armed herself at home.

"Sean, this isn't about arming every American," said Johnson. "This is about making sure that we have very responsible gun ownership and that every gun sold has a background check."

Hannity then falsely stated, "We already have that."

"That is not true," replied Johnson.

In reality, the only national law for background checks applies to licensed gun owners, not unlicensed gun sellers at gun shows, one-on-one or on the Internet.

A proposed law earlier this year would have required background checks for all gun sales, except between family and friends, reported

But Republicans, the NRA and Fox News lobbied against the bill, which was defeated.

Hannity also failed to mention that an armed guard exchanged fire with the Columbine High School shooters in 1999, but failed to stop them, according to CNN.

During the 2007 Virginia Tech massacre, there was an armed emergency response team responsible for the campus, but failed to stop the worst mass shooting in US history.

Sources:,, CNN,

(Note: Background check begins at 5:00 mark)