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I-Team: High School Senior Deals in Arms Trade

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Logan Smith firing a shotgun. Logan Smith firing a shotgun.
Logan Smith showing armslist.com on his laptop. Logan Smith showing armslist.com on his laptop.

LAS VEGAS --  Logan Smith's backyard is in the hills bordering southwest Las Vegas where he likes to do target practice. His prized possession: an AK-47 assault rifle he recently bought on armslist.com.

Armslist.com joins gunlistings.org, snipershide.com and glocktalk.com as the leading private gun seller websites.

Like any businessman, Smith buys low and sells high on these online classifieds.

He's looking to use his profits to buy more powerful firearms.

About the only thing that interrupted his arms deals was the 18-year-old's high school prom.

"I went on Craigslist and realized there was nothing on there," Smith said. "I started going to gun shows and learned about armslist and just went from there."

The law doesn't prevent Smith from selling guns to anyone online.

That decision rests on his judgment.

"I tried selling one of my Glocks," he said. "I was like, we're going to meet at a police station. He said, ‘I don't know about that.' I said, ‘What do you mean?' He said, ‘Can't we just meet and just do a bill of sale? I'll show you my old blue card.' I'm like, ‘No. We'll meet at a police station, so I know it's out of my name and into yours.' He was like, ‘No, it's not going to happen.'"

Smith chooses to do his transactions at a police station, but he could do them anywhere.

Federally Registered Weapons Increase in Nevada

Gun control advocacy group Mayors Against Illegal Guns released a report calling for more regulation of online gun sales.

Their 2011 New York City undercover investigation showed 62 percent of online gun sellers agreed to sell a firearm to a buyer who said he probably wouldn't pass a background check.

Federal efforts to mandate background checks for online gun sales failed in the Senate.

"I kind of do agree with the more exclusive background checks that they should have passed," Smith said. "That would be one of the benefits. You don't want to give a gun to someone who has a bad background."

Although opponents see an untraceable firearms black market, Smith and others using armlist.com see these websites as simply updating their Second Amendment rights into the 21st century.

As this high school senior decides what to do with the rest of his life, he's already made what could be the life-or-death decisions on who gets to buy his guns.

When a gun is recovered in a crime, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms national tracing center tracks the gun back to the last known retail sale.

Mayors Against Illegal Guns report the ATF often does not ask dealers whether a traced gun was originally sold online.

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