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More than six in 10 private gun sellers agreed to sell a firearm to a buyer who said he probably couldn’t pass a background check, according to a report released today by New York City officials as part of an undercover investigation.

“Our investigation indicates illegal online sales are a problem that’s national in scope,” said Mayor Michael Bloomberg at a press conference today.

These private sellers have found a safe place to conduct their business in the online market, where sellers’ identities are not required and transactions are often not recorded, according to the Bloomberg’s report.

“If people are inclined to break the law, the Internet provides them with more sources,” said a spokesman from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, according to the report.

The report, called “Point, Click, Fire: An Investigation of Illegal Online Gun Sales,” documents the findings of city investigators who tried to determine whether unlicensed private sellers advertising firearms online refuse to sell to buyers who could not pass a background check.

Read the rest of Olivia Katrandjian’s article at ABC News.

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