Dealers, federal officials rely on honor system when it comes to buying a gun

Guns are displayed for sale by an arms seller east of Colorado Springs, Colo. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File)
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When someone wants to buy a gun in this country, they must first fill out what's called a Firearms Transaction Record.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) requires it, and aside from your background check, the rest of the form is based on the honor system.

Like one question that asks: Are you an unlawful user of, or addicted to, marijuana or any depressants, stimulant, narcotic drug or any other controlled substance?

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But neither the ATF nor the FBI has any way to prove if you're telling the truth, it's your word they rely on.

Gerard Valentino represents the Buckeye Firearms Association a pro-gun rights organization.

"Except for that part about a background check that form is essentially useless because someone who is going to lie is going to lie so there's not much a gun dealer is going to do if someone is going to lie on that form," he said.

The friend of the Dayton mass shooter, 24-year-old Ethan Kollie, lied on his ATF form when a gun dealer sold him a gun May. He's now facing federal charges for lying about it.

Upon his arrest, he told law enforcement he "smokes marijuana every day…and has since he was 14 years old."

Is it time for gun owners prove they aren't using drugs and pass a drug test to buy a gun rather than take their word for it on a piece of paper?

The Buckeye Firearms Association is opposed to the idea.

"Can you imagine going in to buy something that is legal to own and forcing someone to take a drug test to buy a product that is legal for them to own? You're not going to stop a criminal buy signing a piece of paper or making them take a drug test all your doing is preventing another roadblock for a law-abiding citizen from getting a gun.”

We sought responses from both Democrat Senator Sherrod Brown and Republican Rob Portman. Neither addressed the issue of drug tests as a requirement to buy a gun but did offer their thoughts on gun laws.

Senator Brown’s office responded, by saying: "Senator Brown led the call for Leader McConnell to bring the Senate back to Washington because he wants to see immediate action on gun safety legislation, starting with background checks and banning assault weapons. He is open to additional ideas to keep people safe from gun violence as well, but nothing can happen until Mitch McConnell allows the Senate to vote."

Senator Portman said: “It is already illegal for anyone who unlawfully uses or is addicted to drugs to purchase a firearm, and it is a felony to lie on the background check form. Senator Portman believes federal law enforcement should prosecute any offenders to the fullest extent of the law.”