President Obama’s remarks on new gun control actions, Jan. 16, 2013 (Transcript) - The Washington Post
I'm pretty sure a friend would be considered a private seller.OBAMA: But itís hard to enforce that law, when as many as 40 percent of all gun purchases are conducted without a background check. Thatís not safe. Thatís not smart. Thatís not fair to responsible gun buyers or sellers.
If you want to buy a gun, whether itís from a licensed dealer, or a private seller, you should at least have to show you are not a felon or somebody legally prohibited from buying one.