Originally Posted by alnorth
backgrounds checks are now federally required, except in so-called "gun shows". The problem with checks at gun shows is we're now talking about requiring a background check for private sales between one non-merchant, regular person and another. If we require a check there, we'd also need to start requiring checks before someone could give a gun to a brother or other relative as a christmas present. Some people have a problem with that, some don't.
Anyway, I don't think many people oppose safety courses, provided the state doesn't create a de facto ban by making safety courses once a year in some obscure unadvertised location that costs $1,000 with limited seating or something like that.
No, this is not correct. Background checks are federally required by any gun dealer selling a firearm, regardless of location. Gun shows included. If you buy a gun from a gun dealer, you absolutely positively have to go through a background check no matter where it is bought.
There is no required background check for individual sale of firearms. So if you're buying a gun from another individual, you don't have to go through a background check whether the sale happens at a gun show or in your own garage.
This is why there is no such thing as the "Gun Show Loophole", that we hear so much about. There is nothing happening at a gun show, that isn't identically legal/illegal outside of a gun show. Gun shows are under the exact same federal sale requirements as anywhere else.