Last updated on: 9/9/2019 1:09:07 PM PST
Should Universal Background Checks for Gun Purchases Be Made Law?
Federally licensed firearms dealers are required to perform background checks on anyone purchasing a firearm. Purchases made at gun shows and flea markets, via online ads, or arranged privately are not subject to background checks in most states.
Implementing universal background checks would require that most purchases take place through a licensed dealer, who would run the background check prior to the transaction. For more information, visit gun-control.procon.org.
"In the months ahead, Biden will also detail his plan to tackle the public health epidemic of gun violence in America, starting with universal background checks and bans on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines. Biden’s plan to reduce gun violence will address not only mass shootings but also daily acts of gun violence that don’t make national headlines."
Source: Joe Biden, "Justice," joebiden.com (accessed Aug. 27, 2019)
"I defend the individual right of law-abiding citizens to own pistols, rifles, and shotguns for self-defense, hunting, and sport shooting while also supporting the public right to regulate the ownership and operation of guns in the interests of public safety.
I advocate the following specific gun safety and law enforcement reforms to address gun violence and white nationalist terrorism:...
--Universal background checks for gun and ammunition buyers, including closing the loophole for private sales and sales at gun shows, with sales and background check records maintained indefinitely in a central registry."
Source: Howie Hawkins, "How to Confront the US Culture of Violence," howiehawkins.us, Aug. 11, 2019
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