CNSNews.com is reporting that Reps. Michael Castle (R-Del.) and Carolyn McCarthy, (D-N.Y.) have introduced a bill aimed at closing the so called “gun show loophole”:
Democratic lawmakers and one Republican told CNSNews.com on Wednesday that the so-called “gun show loophole” — sales between private individuals, which never require a background check — ought to be closed.
Republicans, meanwhile, told CNSNews.com that creating more rules on how a gun can be legally purchased will not prevent criminals — who do not follow the rules anyway — from obtaining weapons in illegal ways.
Federal law requires a background check when a weapon is purchased from a federally licensed firearms dealer, including those who set up tables at gun shows.
Sales between private parties are not subject to background checks at gun shows or anywhere else the sale happens to take place. (Dealers selling weapons from their private collections are not required to do background checks on those particular sales.)
Reps. Michael Castle (R-Del.) and Carolyn McCarthy, (D-N.Y.) held a press conference at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday with survivors and families of those killed at Virginia Tech to announce the introduction of a bill that would require a criminal background check in every weapons purchase.
Ok, fine… I’m not particularly troubled by requiring background checks on private sales or transfers of hand guns… They’re already required here in Connecticut. What I find laughable is Sen. Feinstein’s notion that closing this so called loophole will reduce gun violence. All one needs to do to understand the sheer stupidity of that notion is look at Washington D.C.
Our nation’s capitol has had some of, if not the most restrictive gun laws in the nation since the 1970’s and they have done absolutely nothing to curb gun violence in the district.