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house Bill H.R. 1446

Should Gun Dealers Have to Wait At Least 10 Days for Completed Background Checks Before Transferring a Gun to the Buyer?

Argument in favor

This bill would close the so-called “Charleston loophole” by requiring gun dealers to wait longer than just three days for a completed background check before turning over a gun to the buyer. A 10 business day waiting period followed by an escalated review of equal length is a long enough time for gun dealers to wait to complete the sale of a firearm.

larubia's Opinion
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03/11/2021
Yes!!! Yes, I own guns. Yes, my brother owns a gun store. Yes, my husband is former military. You can advocate for common sense gun laws and still maintain your rights. Yes, background checks need to be completed before the gun is transferred by dealers!
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jimK's Opinion
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03/11/2021
The last time I purchased a firearm, the background check was returned in 30 minutes and the store was authorized to release it to me. Commercial subscription data aggravating services can return pretty much all criminal charges and convictions of anyone and their family members in minutes. I would guess that the FBI’s service would be even more comprehensive. If someone has no suspicious charges or convictions and the government is not shut down with no authorized person available to push the ‘authorize’ button this should not change at all. Otherwise it should take longer. … … … Guns currently are not released until a background check is made provided it is made within three days from purchase. All this legislation does is to close the loophole which allows guns to be released without a background check if, for any reason, the FBI cannot respond within three days. It gives the FBI up to ten days to complete the background check instead of just three days. This would be quite significant if a normal quick background check indicated some issues that required a deeper background check to determine if the initial ‘issues’ lead to deeper factors that should effect the purchase. The alternative would be to simply deny purchases if a background check could not be completed in three days. This legislation should benefit everyone: Those that want to keep guns out of the hands of people who should not have them; and those who may have minor issues that a deeper investigation would show that they should or should not be denied gun purchase. … … … So, this is a good bill for everyone involved. Why would either gun zealots or gun deniers be against this sensible legislation?
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David's Opinion
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03/11/2021
I am in full support of the second amendment, but that doesn’t mean we can just, give away guns. We shouldn’t be giving people guns who can’t be trusted not to misuse them, we need background checks and other common sense gun legislation to keep this country safe. Besides, if you have an issue where you need a gun the same day, you probably aren’t the type of person we should trust with one. Ten days isnt the end of the world, you can wait to ensure the safety of others.
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Argument opposed

It shouldn’t take more than three business days to complete a background check on an unlicensed prospective gun buyer, and if it does the business owner should be able to transfer the gun at their discretion as is the case under current law. Delaying a sale for up to a potential 20 business days is unfair to the gun buyer and seller.

Ben's Opinion
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03/03/2021
We NEED education about firearms and firearms safety, that’s the most any of you in congress need to concern yourselves with. You would be inviolation of your oath of office, should you decide to join the group already in violation of theirs by submitting another useless and misinformed bill. A well regulated Militia (ie: the People of the Republic of the United States - not the military - which is topic for another time), being necessary to the security of a free State (ie: The Republic of the United States) the right of the people (Every citizen of the Republic of the United States) to keep and bear (ie: to have in their possession at any given time) Arms (ie: military weapons of any kind), shall not be infringed (<- I’m pretty sure you can guess that definition.) The rights defined in the Constitution are not there given to us from government they are natural rights that all human beings are born with, they not up for debate. If you don’t take your oath seriously and defend the people for this socialist attack of gargantuan proportions ; OATH OF OFFICE FOR MEMBERS OF CONGRESS “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God.” The Constitution and Bill of Rights are both very clear on their meaning. They are not rights given to us by congress, they are unalienable rights, that’s rights that we are born with as free men of this world. I’d like to add that this statement is not up for debate, nor is it something that you may interpret to say what you think it should. It states what it states nothing further.
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Peoplewantchange's Opinion
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03/11/2021
All this does is serve to prevent law abiding citizens from utilizing their 2nd amendment right. Criminals don’t buy guns through commercial channels that require background checks. This is just another waste of taxpayer dollars at the hands of left wing liberals. Shameful
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SickofDC's Opinion
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03/10/2021
How ignorant! News flash people Every single gun I have I was required to pass a background check to buy! There is NO gun show loophole, there is NO buying a gun online and it shipping to you without you passing a background check to pick it up from the gun store you are required to have it shipped to! There is no Charleston loophole! OH AND by the way.... 80% of gun deaths are suicides and the remaining are mostly gang related or due to involvement in criminal activity. Leave our rights alone! Especially when you know NOTHING about them!
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    Yes!!! Yes, I own guns. Yes, my brother owns a gun store. Yes, my husband is former military. You can advocate for common sense gun laws and still maintain your rights. Yes, background checks need to be completed before the gun is transferred by dealers!
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    We NEED education about firearms and firearms safety, that’s the most any of you in congress need to concern yourselves with. You would be inviolation of your oath of office, should you decide to join the group already in violation of theirs by submitting another useless and misinformed bill. A well regulated Militia (ie: the People of the Republic of the United States - not the military - which is topic for another time), being necessary to the security of a free State (ie: The Republic of the United States) the right of the people (Every citizen of the Republic of the United States) to keep and bear (ie: to have in their possession at any given time) Arms (ie: military weapons of any kind), shall not be infringed (<- I’m pretty sure you can guess that definition.) The rights defined in the Constitution are not there given to us from government they are natural rights that all human beings are born with, they not up for debate. If you don’t take your oath seriously and defend the people for this socialist attack of gargantuan proportions ; OATH OF OFFICE FOR MEMBERS OF CONGRESS “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God.” The Constitution and Bill of Rights are both very clear on their meaning. They are not rights given to us by congress, they are unalienable rights, that’s rights that we are born with as free men of this world. I’d like to add that this statement is not up for debate, nor is it something that you may interpret to say what you think it should. It states what it states nothing further.
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    The last time I purchased a firearm, the background check was returned in 30 minutes and the store was authorized to release it to me. Commercial subscription data aggravating services can return pretty much all criminal charges and convictions of anyone and their family members in minutes. I would guess that the FBI’s service would be even more comprehensive. If someone has no suspicious charges or convictions and the government is not shut down with no authorized person available to push the ‘authorize’ button this should not change at all. Otherwise it should take longer. … … … Guns currently are not released until a background check is made provided it is made within three days from purchase. All this legislation does is to close the loophole which allows guns to be released without a background check if, for any reason, the FBI cannot respond within three days. It gives the FBI up to ten days to complete the background check instead of just three days. This would be quite significant if a normal quick background check indicated some issues that required a deeper background check to determine if the initial ‘issues’ lead to deeper factors that should effect the purchase. The alternative would be to simply deny purchases if a background check could not be completed in three days. This legislation should benefit everyone: Those that want to keep guns out of the hands of people who should not have them; and those who may have minor issues that a deeper investigation would show that they should or should not be denied gun purchase. … … … So, this is a good bill for everyone involved. Why would either gun zealots or gun deniers be against this sensible legislation?
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    All this does is serve to prevent law abiding citizens from utilizing their 2nd amendment right. Criminals don’t buy guns through commercial channels that require background checks. This is just another waste of taxpayer dollars at the hands of left wing liberals. Shameful
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    I am in full support of the second amendment, but that doesn’t mean we can just, give away guns. We shouldn’t be giving people guns who can’t be trusted not to misuse them, we need background checks and other common sense gun legislation to keep this country safe. Besides, if you have an issue where you need a gun the same day, you probably aren’t the type of person we should trust with one. Ten days isnt the end of the world, you can wait to ensure the safety of others.
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    How ignorant! News flash people Every single gun I have I was required to pass a background check to buy! There is NO gun show loophole, there is NO buying a gun online and it shipping to you without you passing a background check to pick it up from the gun store you are required to have it shipped to! There is no Charleston loophole! OH AND by the way.... 80% of gun deaths are suicides and the remaining are mostly gang related or due to involvement in criminal activity. Leave our rights alone! Especially when you know NOTHING about them!
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    If you can’t wait to purchase a firearm, you obviously have issues with patience which can be indicative of emotional immaturity.
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    Not letting process finish due to a arbitrary time limit is dumb. The range is always open. Hunting seasons are scheduled. So other than shooting at people why do you absolutely need it RIGHT NOW? A honest answer is the reason we need background checks. You can wait.
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    At the VERY LEAST!
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    Definitely. We are tired of the violent Neanderthal rt wing minority calling the shots with gun laws. We are the most armed western country on the globe and the most violent It’s like America is regressing in intelligence and behavior
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    It's about time we enacted some sensible gun reform. This seems like a good start, and as I recall, Senator Toomey once supported measures like this. Let's act to stop gun violence now.
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    YES! 10 DAYS, that’s literally nothing!!! If someone wants to get a firearm IMMEDIATELY that’s a warning sign, most likely, to either their life or the life of someone else. Patience is a virtue, especially when it comes to something that is designed to kill.
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    It’s time to have responsible gun laws in place.
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    You have to wait a couple weeks for your drivers license to come in! Why shouldn't you have to wait for a weapon that can kill people?
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    I have read about the “Charleston and gun show loop hole. Each time you purchase a firearm you are required to fill out the paper work. If a person wants a firearm that bad enough, additional time will NOT stop that person from acquiring a weapon. This bill only hurts the law abiding citizen from acquiring a firearm. This is a step toward outlawing private ownership of firearms. What is the next step? The democrats had no problem in giving incarcerated individuals from receiving a stimulus check-including Dillon Roof who shot and killed 9 African Americans, or the Boston bomber both who are on death row. So now Mr Clyburn is playing on people’s feelings in an attempt to slow down the legal purchase firearms. The hypocrisy displayed by the democrats makes me sick.
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    There are enough gun laws in place already. Stop trying to undermine the second amendment. A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed. SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED!
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    Background checks, training at the minimum. All who spout encroachment on 2nd amendment are shallow brained. All the insurgents on jan 6 were ‘law abiding’ attending the chief carnival barkers show? Imagine if they had been allowed to bring guns. America will always have this divide. Mostly innocent people will continue dying.
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    Unconstitutional. Any restriction upon obtaining a gun is an infringement of 2A. Period. The constitution does not say you may or may not have the right to bear arms based on a select criteria that we will determine at a later date and time.... it says the right to bear arms SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED. PERIOD. Background checks are an infringement themselves. If a person is a free person then they have the right to bear arms.
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    A perfectly reasonable request that could help make background checks be more through while potentially reducing backlog. Seems reasonable.
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    Background checks should take as long as necessary. Although processing time can vary, and ten business days seems quite reasonable, it can be extended due to COVID, but given the internet, everything should be up to date everyday by end of business Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time. One recommended caveat: First time buyers should be required to wait 90 days in order reduce impulse shootings. Fees and deposits should be imposed as well.
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