In-Depth: Sponsoring Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) introduced this bill to prevent ineligible gun buyers from accessing guns when a background check is not completed within three business days:
check, no sale must be the rule — enacted as law — to close a gaping
loophole spreading the epidemic of gun violence. Over the past five
years, 15,700 ineligible buyers have acquired guns simply because a
background check could not be completed within 72 hours. One of them was
Dylann Roof, who killed nine innocent churchgoers in Charleston with a
gun he was ineligible to buy. Waiting for a background check, even if
longer than 72 hours, is a minor inconvenience far outweighed by the
benefit of keeping lethal weapons out of the hands of dangerous people.
No background check, no gun, is a rule that can help save lives.”
of this legislation have pointed out that under current law even if the
unlicensed buyer takes possession of the gun after three days, the
Federal Bureau of Investigation continues to resolve the background check
for up to 90 days. If it turns out that the buyer should’ve been
prohibited by the background check and the gun was transferred, the ATF
is notified and steps are taken to confiscate the weapon and potentially
prosecute the buyer.
This bill currently has 14 cosponsors in the Senate, all of whom are Democrats.
Summary by Eric Revell
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