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New Gun Control Legislation?
Mar 1, 2019 at 03:48 PM
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The Quick Facts

  • This week, the House of Representatives passed two new gun control bills related to background checks and gun law loopholes.
  • The first bill would require universal background checks for all gun purchasers, including those who purchase guns online or at gun shows. The bill would also block firearms transfers by people who aren’t licensed dealers.
  • The second bill would give the FBI 10 days to perform background checks on gun buyers, instead of the current three. The three-day maximum wait is sometimes referred to as the “Charleston loophole,” because Dylann Roof, who killed nine people in a South Carolina Church in 2015, was allowed to buy a gun because his background check wasn’t completed within the required time.
  • The two bills were passed in the House on Wednesday and Thursday, respectively, with votes falling mostly along partisan lines. Their future in the Senate is still unclear.

Food For Thought

Are the gun control bills passed in the House this week good legislation? What are the pros and cons?

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