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In March 2010, John Patrick Bedell strolled up to the Pentagon and started shooting at two police officers with a semiautomatic handgun. Months before the attack, he tried to buy a gun in California but was denied, after a background check showed he had a documented history of mental illness. So Bedell instead went to neighboring Nevada, where gun laws are more lenient, and bought a 9mm handgun from a private seller who didn’t have to check out his history. Nearly 40 percent of gun transactions in America occur through so called private party sales, creating a secondary firearms market that is largely invisible.

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canada goose black friday sale A handful of states, including California and Rhode Island, require universal background checks for all private party transactions. If someone wanted to purchase from an unlicensed seller at a gun show or anywhere else, he or she would have to go to a federally licensed seller to certify the transaction: the licensed dealer would have to perform a background check before the sale could go through and keep a record of the transfer. canada goose black friday sale

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“We’ve essentially legalized that type of activity,” said Ladd Everitt, a spokesman for the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence. “The only way you would be able to convict the seller is if you can prove that he knew the buyer canada goose uk shop was a convicted felon.”

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“You would eliminate the category of private sales where an honest person unwittingly sold a gun to someone who seemed trustworthy but was not,” said Nicholas Johnson, a law professor at Fordham University who has researched firearms laws. “But the people you’re worried about are the people who are trading guns already in the black market. I don’t think anyone should have any illusions about this solving the problem.”

The exceptions for private gun sales in federal law date back to 1968, when Congress required that those “engaged in the business” canada goose outlet of selling guns get federal licenses. But the law did not apply to those who occasionally sold firearms at gun shows or Canada Goose Online other informal gatherings.

buy canada goose jacket Congress passed the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act in 1993, which mandated background checks on all firearms purchasers. But once again, the requirements only applied to federally licensed dealers. buy canada goose jacket

Canada Goose Outlet After the Columbine High School shootings in 1999, President Bill Clinton and many in Congress pushed to close what they called the “gun show loophole.” The two shooters at Columbine, Harris and Klebold, used weapons that had been obtained by friends at a gun show where there were no background checks required. Canada Goose Outlet

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The NRA spokesman at the time, Bill Powers, also argued that background checks wouldn’t have deterred the killings at Columbine.

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In an interview with Rolling Stone at the end of his presidency, Clinton recalled being astounded that legislation requiring background checks at gun shows never succeeded.

“I thought Congress would be so shocked and the public was so galvanized that we had a window of opportunity,” Clinton said in the 2000 interview. “The Republican leadership just delayed until the fever went down. That’s what happened.”

White House spokesman Jay Carney said this week that Obama would support legislation closing the so called gun show loophole on background checks. Many members of Congress have come out in favor of reforms this week, with several canada goose coats changing their stance on gun control. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D Calif.) said she would be introducing legislation to reinstate the assault weapons ban at the beginning of next year, a move that the president supports.

Congress has introduced more than a half dozen bills to require background checks for gun sales over the past 10 years, but the bill only made it out of committee once. In federal lobbying reports over the past decade, the NRA has listed gun show bills as a central lobbying target.

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