That there is no gun show loophole (link to pdf).
The money quote:
Federal law makes no distinction between sales occurring at gun shows and other sales; there is no such thing as a gun show loophole.
The author’s list reads like a who’s who of anti-gun “researchers”:
Garen J. Wintemute, MD, MPH, David Hemenway, PhD, Daniel Webster, ScD, MPH, Glenn Pierce, PhD, and Anthony A. Braga, PhD
As with the last example, which was penned exclusively by Dr. Wintemute, the overall tone of the piece is, unsurprisingly, anti-gun…but the fact remains that even their own researchers are beginning to admit that there flatly is no such thing as “the gun show loophole”.
I personally believe that this is a calculated tactic. As a necessary step toward their desired end goal of completely eliminating private ownership of firearms, the Brady Campaign has been trying for years to incrementally end private transfer of firearms, “closing the gun show loophole” being nothing more than a “good first step”. I believe that these researchers are losing hope in the Brady plan of attack and have simply decided to bypass Stalingrad and strike directly for Moscow.
The advantage to this for us, is that we now have studies from their own researchers that finally and unequivocally admit the truth that we’ve known all along: That the contributions of gun shows to criminal access to guns is insignificant and that, in fact, the “gun show loophole” is a myth.
Surveys suggest that from 4% to 9% of gun sales nationwide occur at gun shows. Most sales at gun shows are made by licensed retailers, and most private-party gun sales are made else- where. Federal law makes no distinction between sales occurring at gun shows and other sales; there is no such thing as a gun show loophole.
Surveys of persons incarcerated for gun crimes suggest that less than 2% of them acquired their weapons at gun shows.
Gun Shows and Gun Violence: Fatally Flawed Study Yields Misleading Results, Garen J. Wintemute, David Hemenway, Daniel Webster, Glenn Pierce, Anthony A. Braga, American Journal Of Public Health, August 2010