‘No other consumer product requires the licensed dealer to conduct a criminal-background check on a prospective purchaser before they can sell the product…’
(Joshua Paladino, Liberty Headlines) Despite giving three “Pinocchios” to Sen. Cory Booker, D-NJ, over a misleading statement about gun regulations, a Washington Post fact check that stopped short of calling it an outright lie helped the 2020 hopeful to push his phony narrative.
While presenting his radical gun-control plan, Booker claimed that the federal government regulates toy guns more than real firearms.
Booker was so confident in his statement that he tweeted it and has not deleted it, even after The Post‘s fact check called it “misleading.”
Why should toy guns be subject to more federal regulation than real ones? It’s time to change that. pic.twitter.com/pCmlGGL22Q
— Cory Booker (@CoryBooker) May 7, 2019
Booker’s actual concern, however, was that one agency—the Consumer Product Safety Commission—regulates toy guns but does not regulate real guns.
“Nowadays, there is more regulation over toy guns than real ones,” he said. “While medicine, children’s toys, and any number of other consumer products are subject to regulation by the federal government, firearms are exempt.”
Instead, the federal government regulates guns through the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, NJ.com reported.
Mark Olivia, a spokesman for the National Shooting Sports Foundation, said gun regulations extend well beyond ATF.
“The federal agencies that regulate the industry include ATF, FBI, State Department, Commerce Department, IRS, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service,” he said, according to the Washington Examiner.
“No other consumer product requires the licensed dealer to conduct a criminal-background check on a prospective purchaser before they can sell the product,” Olivia said.
The Washington Post fact-checkers gave Booker only three “Pinocchios” because he was correct in his statement that the CPSC does not regulate firearms and therefore by “more federal regulation” of toys he meant more CPSC regulation.
The statement as a whole makes it appear that Booker intended to mislead his audience because the general public usually equates “more federal regulation” with regulation as such, not only regulations of a single commission that most Americans could not name, the National Rifle Association Institute for Legal Action reported.
Booker’s gun control plan would require Americans to get a federal license before they can buy, own, or carry a firearm, would ban so-called “assault” rifles and mandate universal background checks.
“Our industry is the most heavily regulated industry in the country,” Olivia said.
“No other industry is regulated at the federal, state and local level to the extent our industry is regulated, which include design and performance standards,” he said.