July 10, 2000
The Honorable Max Cleland
200 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510
Dear Sen. Cleland:
This week I received an advertisement in email to visit the site www.ebang.com, an online gun show auction site. I urge you to draft, sponsor or support
legislation that would regulate online purchases of handguns from both independent sellers and commercial dealers, to
require the same background checks as walk-in dealers, to close the
leak of weapons flowing into the hands of minors and criminals.
This site is an example of a disturbing attempt to circumvent current regulations that
require specific age and background checks on gun purchasers in the
United States. As you know current criteria used by most websites to
validate a user's age is nothing more than a credit card, which can
be borrowed or stolen and presented as age verification before the
missing credit card has been reported.
Most sites do not regularly check the validity of the credit card
after the initial site registration process, and therefore cannot
detect users who have presented credit cards that later are reported
missing or stolen.
Additionally, students are issued debit cards from their banks which
simulate credit cards in every manner specific to the verification
of age process at most sites, thereby allowing teenagers to enter
the sites specifically intended for adults only.
Please take whatever steps you can to support legislation that will
close these gaping leaks that continue to allow guns to reach minors
Macon Georgia 31204