Radcliffe Haughton, who allegedly killed three people, himself and wounded four others, on Sunday, at the Azana Salon & Spa in Brookfield, Wisconsin, should not have been able to buy a gun.
A federal law prohibited Haughton from buying a gun because of a restraining order by his wife [whom he killed Sunday], but a loophole in Wisconsin state law let him purchase his gun through a private seller on the website Armslist.com, without a background check.
However, Haughton is not the only one using this loophole to buy guns.
In its “Point, Click, Fire” investigation of illegal online gun sales, NYC investigators found that 62 percent of private gun sellers, most of them online, agreed to sell a gun to a customer who admitted he probably couldn’t pass a background check.
And some of the worst offenders were unlicensed sellers on Armslist.com. The report found a number of high-powered rifles, like a Ruger Mini 14 assault rifle, for sale on Armslist.com
In one videotaped phone call, an undercover investigator asked a seller who advertised a gun on Armslist if he was "one of those licensed guys" and admitted he couldn't pass a background check — to which the seller only laughed. "No, I just take cash, and there you go!" the seller said while laughing.