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.
American Academy of Pediatrics, "Universal Background Checks for Gun Purchases," aap.org, Dec. 2018
Chris Haxel, "What Are Universal Background Checks? Here Is A Breakdown," gunsandamerica.org, Jan. 8, 2019
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