June 08, 2005

Gun Ban Bigots Cite "Newspaper Loophole"

US Newswire reports Daily Newspapers in Iowa, Ohio and Nebraska No Longer Accept Classified Ads for Guns, as Momentum Builds to 'Close Newspaper Loophole'. The last time I read the term "loophole" in re. gun laws, I wrote about how tired I was of hearing that term misused. But the gun-ban bigots have some momentum, I guess; the same sort that they have with the made-up term "assault weapon".

So now they've discovered another "loophole" they want to close. In effect, what they want to do is completely obliterate private sales of firearms, and this is their latest tactic. If they can't eviscerate our freedom via the legislatures or the courts, they'll turn to their allies in the media to put yet more roadblocks in the way of acquiring firearms. From the press release.

Contact: John Johnson of the Campaign to Close the Newspaper Loophole, 319-743-7823 or john-johnson@qwest.net

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa, June 8 /U.S. Newswire/ -- The Campaign to Close the Newspaper Loophole (http://www.gunloophole.com) announced today that at least eight more daily newspapers in Iowa, Ohio, and Nebraska no longer accept classified ads for firearms except from licensed gun dealers who must perform a criminal background check on all gun sales. The recent policy changes "to close the newspaper loophole" at the eight daily newspapers adds to the growing list of newspapers that are concerned about felons, domestic abusers, and minors purchasing firearms through the classified ads and avoiding a criminal background check. A practice that advocates claim endangers the public.

Three Iowa newspapers recently implemented policies to restrict classified ads for guns to licensed firearms dealers only including The Hawkeye (Burlington), the Daily Iowegian (Centerville), and the Daily Sentinel (Le Mars). These three newspapers join the Telegraph Herald (Dubuque), Clinton Herald, Daily Register (Oelwein), Cedar Valley Daily Times (Vinton), and Daily Times Herald (Carroll) in bringing to eight the number of Iowa newspapers that do not accept firearms advertisements from unlicensed sellers.

In addition, four Ohio newspapers have closed the newspaper loophole including The Cincinnati Enquirer, The Cincinnati Post, The Delphos Herald, and The Ironton Tribune. The Nebraska City News Press also recently changed its policy on gun ads.

Since the campaign was launched in November 2001, at least 26 newspapers across the country with a combined circulation of 5.8 million have changed their policies.

Fortunately for us, there are sites such as GunsAmerica and many more.

(Cross-posted from FreedomSight)

Posted by Jed at June 8, 2005 11:56 AM

It is my understanding that the Denver Newspaper Agency (the owner of the Rocky Mountain News and Denver Post) will not accept any gun ads, and has not accepted any such ads for several years. Between this policy, the fact that I don't need to paper train a puppy, and my limited need for fishwrap, I recently cancelled a free sub to the Post.

Posted by: Doug Sundseth at June 8, 2005 05:54 PM

yeah...I cancelled my "newspaper loophole" last month...

Posted by: jim at June 9, 2005 07:05 PM

The Baltimore stun has been doing that for years... I regularly call the cops and report them for littering when they leave a "complimentary" copy on my driveway.

I also tell them in no uncertain terms why I do not subscribe to their paper when they call and ask me to subscribe...


Posted by: kirk at June 9, 2005 11:27 PM

Kirk, that's a great response to the blissninny newspaper.

Posted by: jed at June 10, 2005 04:55 PM

And I thought that the "newspaper loophole" was something McCain and Feingold were looking to close.

I see now that it's the pesky 2nd Amendment not the pesky 1st Amendment that's causing problems again :)

Posted by: Marc at June 10, 2005 09:10 PM
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