Lautenberg Reintroduces Legislation To Close Gun Show Loophole

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Sen. Frank Lautenberg

Sen. Frank Lautenberg

WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Senator Frank R. Lautenberg has reintroduced his legislation to close the so-called “gun show loophole” that allows weapons to be sold by unlicensed sellers at gun shows without conducting background checks.

Lautenberg’s bill would require that background checks be conducted on all firearms sales at gun shows, even sales by private parties. Last week, President Obama called for legislation to require background checks on all guns sold—including all guns sold at gun shows—as part of his gun violence prevention recommendations.

“Criminals, terrorists, the mentally ill and other dangerous people shouldn’t be able to walk into a gun show and walk out with guns and assault weapons, no questions asked,” said Lautenberg (D-NJ). “Closing the gun show loophole is a simple step that we can take to increase gun safety and prevent dangerous weapons from getting into the wrong hands. An overwhelming majority of Americans want to stop unchecked sales at gun shows, and this bill would do just that. I have beaten the gun lobby by getting my legislation to close the gun show loophole through the Senate before, and I am confident we can do it again.”

A recent Gallup poll demonstrated the overwhelming support for closing the gun show loophole, with 92 percent of Americans in favor of laws that require people attempting to purchase guns at gun shows to undergo background checks.

Lautenberg has been working to close the gun show loophole since 1999, when he first introduced legislation to require background checks for all guns sold at gun shows. Later that year—in the wake of the Columbine tragedy, where three of the weapons were purchased at gun shows without a background check—a Republican-controlled Senate passed the legislation as an amendment to a juvenile justice bill. The legislation passed by one vote, with Vice President Al Gore casting the tie-breaking vote. However, the gun lobby killed the legislation in the House-Senate conference.

The bill, S.22, is co-sponsored in the 113th Congress by Senators Charles E. Schumer (D-NY), Tom Carper (D-DE), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Jack Reed (D-RI), Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chris Coons (D-DE), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Carl Levin (D-MI), Ben Cardin (D-MD), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Ron Wyden (D-OR), and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY).

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1 comment for “Lautenberg Reintroduces Legislation To Close Gun Show Loophole

  1. followthemon
    January 23, 2013 at 8:08 pm

    Lautenberg will do anything to get his name on something before he dies of old age. He’s still pissed Christie killed his chances of getting his name on the tunnel he was pushing for!
    Your Libtarded gun laws have been pushed, pasted and have failed at every attempt! Maybe its time to let the citizens of New Jersey protect themselves and fight back!

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