Obama 2019: In America, ‘Anybody can buy any weapon at any time’

Obama characterized American gun laws as virtually non-existent at a recent speaking engagement in Brazil. (Photo: Barack Obama Facebook)

He’s back!

Former President and Top American Gun Salesman Barack Obama has (apparently) maintained his ignorance of American firearm laws since he vacated the White House in 2016.

Speaking at VTEX Day in Brazil, Obama described the United States as having virtually zero regulations dictating the purchase or possession of guns.

“Some of you may be aware our gun laws in the United States don’t make much sense. Anybody can buy any weapon any time. Without much, if any, regulation, they can buy it over the Internet, they can buy machine guns,” Obama told the audience.

Nearly every portion of the former President’s statement is untrue.

“Anybody” can’t purchase a firearm in the United States. As per the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF), the Gun Control Act (GCA), codified at 18 U.S.C. § 922(g), makes it unlawful for certain categories of people to ship, transport, receive, or possess firearms or ammunition.

These include any person who is convicted in any court of a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year; who is a fugitive from justice; who is an unlawful user of or addicted to any controlled substance (as defined in section 102 of the Controlled Substances Act, codified at 21 U.S.C. § 802); who has been adjudicated as a mental defective or has been committed to any mental institution; who is an illegal alien; who has been discharged from the Armed Forces under dishonorable conditions; who has renounced his or her United States citizenship; who is subject to a court order restraining the person from harassing, stalking, or threatening an intimate partner or child of the intimate partner; or who has been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence.

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Americans also can’t purchase “any weapon.”

Many small arms are legal to own under federal law, but some have been regulated to the point of almost total oblivion. The National Firearms Act of 1934 requires a $200 tax stamp and an extensive background check to own automatic weapons, short barrel rifles and shotguns, and suppressors (among other things).

That $200 stamp made these firearms cost-prohibitive in 1934, and even though some firearms owners can now afford suppressors and SBRs, the background check process can still take nearly a year.

Machineguns, on the other hand, remain out of reach for most gun owners. The Hughes Amendment in the Firearm Owners Protection Act of 1986 banned the transfer or possession of machineguns for civilian use. While it grandfathered existing machineguns, that limited supply has driven up the price to well beyond what most Americans can afford.

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Obama’s “any time” statement likely refers to the fact that some states allow the private transfer of firearms without a background check. While this is true, Obama’s characterization grossly exaggerates the availability and frequency of private transfers. Anyone “engaged in the business” of selling firearms must purchase a Federal Firearms License and run background checks on all purchases.

While the ATF has remained cagey about how they define “engaged in the business,” firearm owners who sell firearms “repetitively” for profit need to be licensed.

In other words, Obama’s contention that firearms are free for the taking at any time, “over the internet,” is a stretch at best and an intentional misrepresentation at worst.

The cheering Brazilian crowd might be excused for their ignorance, but this isn’t the first time Obama has wildly exaggerated the limitations of American firearms law.

In 2015, Obama claimed that “it’s easier for you to buy a handgun and clips than it is for you to buy a fresh vegetable.” A year later, he said “it is easier for a teenager to buy a Glock than get his hands on a computer or even a book.”

Both comments were soundly refuted at the time, but the former President doesn’t appear to have noticed.

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About the author: Jordan Michaels has been reviewing firearm-related products for over four years and enjoying them for much longer. With family in Canada, he’s seen first hand how quickly the right to self-defense can be stripped from law-abiding citizens. He escaped that statist paradise at a young age, married a sixth-generation Texan, and currently lives in Waco. Follow him on Instagram @bornforgoodluck and email him at jordan@gunsamerica.com.

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  • fuzzy1949 November 27, 2019, 8:08 pm

    And I thought LIAR Schiff was stupid and a LIAR but LIAR Communist Obama takes the award for being the biggest LIAR in U.S. history. Those COMMUNIST democrats couldn’t tell the truth if they were sworn in under penalty of death if they lied. When are these TREASONOUS COMMUNIST DEMOCRATS going to be arrested, prosecuted and executed for their ongoing treason?

  • Richard Fox July 19, 2019, 5:35 am

    Too bad he was not detained at the port of re-entry…
    “Um, I’m sorry sir,…there seems to be an issue with your birth certificate and an alias…”

  • Alan L Robinson June 11, 2019, 2:27 pm

    I think it’s funny that anyone would think that Obama ‘stretches’ anything, he just plain lies.
    “You can keep your Doctor”. No, I couldn’t
    “the amount of money you spend on premiums, that will be less”. No, mine went up by several thousand dollars, and I couldn’t afford it. And the coverage was substantially LESS!
    He lies, constantly.

  • Wesley June 8, 2019, 6:48 pm

    What a truely P.O.S. Obama was the biggest B. S.er Please depart the U.S. and never return back, if the United States is terrible place to live. Please stay in the super high tax country of Brazil.

  • Russ June 8, 2019, 11:45 am

    This imbecile just proves again and again his lack of knowledge on American gun rights. The worst part about it is he goes to other countries and lies to support the agenda of the lying libertards. He is a disgrace to this country and he and his administration will always be known as being worse than Jimmy Carter’s. That will be his legacy. Worst president ever.

    • Lee T Macon May 8, 2020, 7:30 am

      Never the worst president ever. He brought back the economy when we were in a recession. Hate him or not he helped this country. And all of you crybabies complaining about our guns being taken justified those idiots price hiking guns and ammo. Never once was his administration or any others close to taking our guns. Most of you idiots don’t like him but he was a better President than what we have now. Two things…1 Dow jones was at less than 8000 when Obama came into office, he leaves and it’s at 20,000+.
      2 unemployment was close to 9% he leaves and it’s under 5%. So as I said you can hate the man but the numbers don’t lie. So don’t let a little something called FACTS get in the way.

  • RICK June 8, 2019, 11:31 am

    He’s a politician. He never let’s the truth get in the way of his agenda. Much like the media.

  • Clint W. June 8, 2019, 9:04 am

    In a country with an objective press, this would be front page news pointing out every point of why B. Hussein Obama is wrong. But in this country, where the press has modeled itself after the news reporting style of Joseph Goebbels, they will print his lie as fact. It is amazing that the modern Democrat Party and the media have aligned themselves exactly like the German Fascists of the 1930-40’s. They believe in gun confiscations, they believe in book burnings, in 2019 a book burning is carried out at the PC level by banning them in libraries and shaming stores who sell them, they believe in death camps, their 2019 death camp is the abortion industry which now can kill live born children or let them lay there to die of starvation and dehydration. American lemmings are following them right over the cliff, and taking the country with them.

  • perlcat June 7, 2019, 10:50 pm

    You’d think the “Smartest man in the room — as long as it’s Joe Biden in there with him” ™ would have figured out how to google such items by now.

  • Dave June 7, 2019, 7:37 pm

    Actually he was mis-quoted. What he actually said was

    “Back in my hometown district of Cook County, a criminal can buy any weapon including machine guns whenever they want.”
    “However law abiding citizens cannot any firearm including flintlocks without a rectal exam and a FOID card that costs more than what most Chicagoans make in a month.”

  • John O June 7, 2019, 7:24 pm

    Obama is irrelevant. No one who believes in the 2nd amendment cares what he thinks.

  • Leonard June 7, 2019, 4:46 pm

    He still thinks he is the president, and his agenda has not changed. He lies to the public, and to world leaders. He is shaming good people by including us in his deteriorating mental condition. He needs to live in a cave with his husband and brats.
    If you live in Chicago, there is no telling what weapon you can buy, but it won’t come from a gun store. It is easier to buy on the street, thanks to him and people who think like him.

  • DAVID BROWN June 7, 2019, 2:39 pm

    Obama is lying and he knows it.

  • Tom Cole June 7, 2019, 12:54 pm

    He’s Blatantly lying. I manage a gun store and know for a fact how much paperwork and background checks are done prior to a LEGAL purchase.

    Those with illegal guns can get them from the same person they buy their drugs from… one stop shopping for them.

  • Zupglick June 7, 2019, 12:07 pm

    Can something please be done about that lying sack of skin?

  • JoeUSooner June 7, 2019, 11:48 am

    Obama is not overtly stupid. He simply lies… constantly – to the point that he is emblematic of the Democrat Party’s platform of deceit, hatefulness, and greed. He is so full of manure that the whites of his eyes have turned brown.

    Other than that, he’s okay… I guess.

  • JOHN j swarbrick June 7, 2019, 11:38 am

    ioo pct right most likely in your own back yard of chi town

  • Jim June 7, 2019, 11:04 am

    Obama is still spreading his lies both here at home in the US as well as overseas in other countries where they are like this. Unbelievable the outright lies that they are spreading!

  • NealS June 7, 2019, 10:57 am

    If “they” would all stop telling lies about guns, etc., perhaps we could go back to using some of our oldest laws that prohibit murder, robbery, etc., against those that break the laws. Guns are not the issue. Of course we’d have to go back to actually enforcing those laws. What the people in this country are learning is that if you belong to the elite, the powerful, the government, the political party, or other concocted division that they’ve put all of us in, then you can break the laws, any of the laws, that you just don’t wish to obey or that you just don’t obey. Making more laws will do nothing, except of course take away more of our freedoms and generate more money for our politicians to steal from us. Just look in your wallet or purse, make a list of the permits, licenses, and passes that we have to carry today. Which ones were free and which ones you had to pay for. When some of our previous politicians and government people actually go to prison then we’ll know the system is working. Until those commitments to prison actually happen, it’s just more politics, crimes, fees, and licenses. Our children are also getting confused by our politicians, so how can we hold them to any standard that we ourselves do not obey? Just my two cents worth.

  • Bobo June 7, 2019, 10:46 am

    I can’t believe the US survived eight years with this idiot. He runs a close second with Biden for brain power.

  • JD June 7, 2019, 10:45 am

    John,
    The objective of the left isn’t to stop people from getting killed! Wake up! That’s merely propaganda to gain support for taking away firearms, which the Nazis are able to do. Then the people couldn’t fight back and were much easier to control. So the Nazis did have that on us, so far…

    The lies the left tells aren’t born of their stupidity, it’s propaganda to confuse and make sheeple support them. The lies are then repeatedly screamed by those who are really are just stupid, like Adam Schiff, Maxine Waters, Brian Stelter, John Lemmon, Joe Scarborough, Mika Brzezinski…

  • Frank Romo June 7, 2019, 10:18 am

    Once again, this idiot pops up, spewing mis-information, and if our President says anything, blam! The media goes on a witch-hunt, why doesn’t this idiot just go away, I know, he just loves to hear himself pontificate….

  • Willy June 7, 2019, 9:54 am

    Need any more proof Obama is anti-American? Need any more proof he is continuing to spread his disease to people who do not verify his lies?

  • John Stanton June 7, 2019, 9:26 am

    More of the Obama style transparency. Everything he does or says is transparent bullshit. Sorry I said everything he “did”, because he did virtually nothing while he was President. And the assholes voted for him twice!!!

  • Ratman June 7, 2019, 9:26 am

    Obama-BinLaden wants this country to be unarmed so his Muslim brothers can come in to destroy our values. Over-ride the second amendment, first- then it’s easy to take away all the rest because the people will have no way to defend their rights.

  • John June 7, 2019, 9:13 am

    Can some one explain something to me please. Abortion has murdered more people in this country than guns ever have. How can someone who advocates for doctors to murder babies after they are born claim to care about life??? and protecting human/civil rights?? Is it because we don’t hear there screams and see there pain on there faces? If you don’t believe me watch “THE SILENT SCREAM”. Is it because we don’t see the millions of burial sites across the country or is it because they are just thrown in the trash as medical waste??? The NAZI’S have nothing on us and its a crying shame! Where does this guy get his moral authority and gets to lecture us.

    • Dave Lemay June 7, 2019, 1:18 pm

      I’m with you in being disgusted with Obama but this discussion is about freedom of choice including guns, not abortion. If you don’t believe that a woman has the right to make her own decisions about her body, then you’re plain twisted.

  • Kevin June 7, 2019, 9:11 am

    Meanwhile, crime is so bad in Brazil that they have recently relaxed their gun laws to allow people to protect themselves. So, Obama goes to one of the most dangerous countries on Earth to pontificate about how bad American gun laws are. You just can’t make this stuff up.

  • No1hunter June 7, 2019, 9:05 am

    Just another lying idiotic liberal has been. You and Hillary the Hate need to drive a convertible of a cliff while you are holding hands. Oh wait, just jump off, no since wasting a good car!

  • Jason Coffey June 7, 2019, 8:58 am

    Just more lies, propaganda and corruption from the Kenyan and AG Holder! His Fascist admin used propaganda and criminal tactics like Fast n Furious, IRS scandal,coup plot against Trump and Benghazi and are still walking around free and filthy rich! Still vacationing on taxpayers dime!

  • bjg June 7, 2019, 8:58 am

    Chief liar for 8 years, still nothing but a lying democrat.

  • Michael Gothard June 7, 2019, 8:57 am

    A very true statement…IF you are a Fast and Furious recipient. But what do you expect by lies from any idiot democrat.

  • Rangemaster11B June 7, 2019, 8:47 am

    Is that a typo? Did you mean twink?

  • Brick June 7, 2019, 8:15 am

    After 8 years as President this twit still does not know what the laws are regulating firearms and their sale in the US! and he continues to lie about it just to get publicity! The worst part of that is there are people who believe him and a news media that credits him!

  • Doug June 7, 2019, 8:07 am

    Maybe Obama means that guns can be bought anytime in his old hood of Chicago on the streets and back alleys with no paper work or serial numbers on the firearms

  • Dash June 7, 2019, 7:53 am

    The irony is Brazil has very restrictive gun laws and also absolutely unhinged rampant crime of the most violent variety… complete with running gun battles using full-autos spanning entire neighborhoods. Not even ISIS would have tried taking over some of these Favela neighborhoods. They make our Bloods/Crips problem look like kindergarten.

    The Brasileiro population is beginning to take note of American’s having ~350,000,000 guns around, and how we have a relatively low crime rate overall with so many around.
    They’re coming around to the concept that good people with guns is a good thing, and President Bolsonaro appears to be embracing it with newer relaxed gun laws that’ll empower the people to defend themselves right-then-and-there as needed, which hopefully over time dissuades criminals, reminding them they no longer have defenseless sheep to prey upon 24/7.

    Obama is very well liked in Brazil – a country that imported nearly 10,000,000 slaves while America took in 3,000,000. He stands as a beacon to many there as he DID here. They have not yet personally experienced the results of his abject stupidity, they only know what CNN has said about him.

    For Obama to stand in front of Brasileiro’s who have restrictive gun laws – yet are still over-run with gun and gang violence – preaching about how America’s laws are too relaxed shows how daft that sob really is.

    (btw.. my wife is Brasilian and I’ve been there many times)

  • Bob June 7, 2019, 7:28 am

    I think he’s right. You can’t buy them legally but criminals buy guns all the time illegally that’s why more laws compromising responsible, law abiding gun owners are ridiculous. Everything in my house has a paper trail that leads back to me but a mile down the road where the scenery starts to change and there’re shootings by convicted felons it’s a different story. The context of his yammering was completely wrong but laws don’t stop the wrong people from buying guns.

  • deanbob June 7, 2019, 6:17 am

    That would be true of a kid who father or mother took him or her to a gun store or show and made sure the seller made those requirements known. Obviously, too many people say inaccurate things based on what they have heard or what to believe as part of a certain narrative, not based on the facts.

  • deanbob June 7, 2019, 6:09 am

    Hey, he the same person who said “If you like you doctor/plan/hospital, you can keep it. Period.” more than 30 times to all Americans, along with “You will save $2500 on your premiums’.

  • Jerry June 7, 2019, 5:27 am

    He hasn’t changed a bit. Just another lie from the same guy that said “you can keep your doctor keep you plan & costs will go down $2500/year”. BS. if his lips are moving he’s lying. I wonder how he can eat with that mouth–every time he opens it s**t comes out.

  • J Franks June 7, 2019, 3:09 am

    Feed the left into a meat grinder

  • Ej harb June 5, 2019, 8:07 pm

    Ok obozo i want a new airtronic rpg7 launcher and 30 rockets.i dont even mind filling out a 4473 for that bad boy.direct me to the nearest local gunshop or STFU!

  • Tom H June 5, 2019, 6:18 pm

    “Anybody can buy any weapon any time — without much if any regulation” He has forgotten on all the weapons he prohibited from being exported which included many well loved guns. In addition, his BS ban stopped much loved surplus ammo. Good thing that businesses learned how to circumvent the process by exporting the goods from different countries not on the ban used as a middle man but the prices have almost doubled on most surplus guns.

  • Sepp W June 5, 2019, 4:45 pm

    I trust nothing this man says. In this context he’s deliberately being mendacious on a great many things.

  • SuperG June 5, 2019, 11:48 am

    Wow, even a 6th grader knows you can’t buy guns like the twit says you can. The president of Brazil is allowing his citizens to protect themselves, and maybe Obama is trying to get him not to enable that. I wonder if Bloomberg is paying him to say that?

  • Cam June 5, 2019, 7:57 am

    Now that would be an executive order I could get behind.

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