Is the so called "gun show loophole" real or just effective rhetoric? Where I live, in accordance with a county ordinance, you have to have a CWP to buy a firearm at a gun show. I have never purchased a firearm at a gun show so I do not know if sellers are required to do a background check. But wouldn't a CWP be in effect a background check? According to the "gun show loophole" theory any private seller can sell to any private buyer, theoretically making firearms available to anyone with enough money, including convicted felons. Are there some jurisdictions where this is the case? It seems to me, in my county at least, that there are reasonable measures to prevent that from happening, and that the "gun show loophole" is just an effective propaganda tool used by anti-gun politicians to drum up support for more restrictive firearm laws.