How easy is it to buy a gun in Nevada?
Easier than buying a house, renting an apartment or even getting a table in a restaurant, according to comedian Steve Hofstetter.
Hofstetter took a hidden camera to a gun show right across from city hall in Henderson, Nevada.
It only took five minutes, $300, a background check and a friend with state ID before he could leave with his newly-purchased firearm.
He told INSIDE EDITION that he had a feeling it would be that easy.
"But there was a part of me that was hoping I was wrong," he said. "I was hoping that the rumors about how simple, easy, and quick it is to buy a deadly weapon were exaggerated.”
In the video, Hofstetter even made sure it was obvious that his friend Brent was buying the gun for him.
“The idea the idea that anyone could just have someone buy a gun for them that easily is terrifying," Hofstetter said. "Brent’s mental health should have been checked. But the way you stop straw purchases is to make sure everyone registers their guns every year. We do it with cars, houses, dogs - why not guns?"
After going to the gun show, he compared how easy - or hard - the experience was to renting an apartment or buying a home.
He asked a realtor: “If a potential prospect pays in cash, how long would it take to close on that agreement?” The realtor responded - anywhere between four and seven days.
It also took Hofstetter longer to rent a car and obtain a fishing license than it did to buy a gun. Even walking into a restaurant with a dog was harder than arriving there with a gun.
After posting the video, he says the reaction has been overwhelmingly positive but there are some people who are criticizing him for what he did.
“I knew the second I put this out there that people were going to freak out. That happens whenever you take a stand on a big issue,” he said. “’I’m not bothered by the negative comments. Most of them are spelled incorrectly, but more so this video was designed to shake people’s belief system.”
Brent said he ended up keeping the gun.
“The system needs to change," Hofstetter said. "While I disagree with many things that the government does, the point of most laws is to protect us from ourselves and each other. And we need that when it comes to guns."