For months we’ve heard President Obama and his fellow gun control zealots using the line, “40 percent of guns are purchased without a background check.” We’ve heard anti-gunners make this claim under oath in congressional testimony and on primetime television. The problem? The 40 percent figure is an old and bogus statistic that was debunked a long time ago.
In January, the Washington Post fact checker gave Obama two pinocchios for using the figure.
Rather than being 30 to 40 percent (the original estimate of the range) or “up to 40 percent” (Obama’s words), gun purchases without background checks amounted to 14 to 22 percent. And since the survey sample is so small, that means the results have a survey caveat: plus or minus six percentage points.