Legislation to bar direct firearms sales between unlicensed people, including at gun shows or online, without a background check has been introduced in the US House and Senate and is moving in the House. Firearms could be sold only by licensed dealers, manufacturers, or importers, who are required to conduct comprehensive background checks. Currently, as many as a quarter of all gun sales occur without a background check. While increased background checks will not solve all our nation’s gun violence problems, the enactment of this legislation would be a huge step in the right direction, and would help keep firearms out of the hands of those who clearly should not have them. It will close the dangerous gap in federal law that makes it possible for individuals who are prohibited from gun possession, like domestic abusers and persons with violent criminal histories, to have easy access to firearms. This is a common sense piece of legislation that would have a significant impact on reducing gun violence and saving lives.
Please contact your federal representatives today and urge them to support H.R. 8 / S 42, legislation to require comprehensive background checks. For information on the legislation and how you can advocate, please see the attached Action Alert.