Federal law only requires licensed gun dealers to conduct background checks. That means that millions of guns are exchanged each year without a check—most often online or at gun shows through unlicensed “private sellers.” Felons, domestic abusers, the seriously mentally ill, and other dangerous people know about this loophole, and they exploit it every day.
But under pressure from the gun lobby, Congress and most states have failed to close the deadly loopholes in the background check system.
It’s like having two lines at the airport—one with security, and one without. And criminals get to choose. That’s why criminals are flocking to unregulated online gun sales—where they can buy guns, with no background check and no questions asked.
Closing this private sale loophole is the simplest way to shut down criminals’ easy access to guns. Since the background check system was started, it has blocked more than two million sales to dangerous people, and a background check takes only a few minutes to complete.
There is no better way to reduce gun deaths in America than strengthening the background check system. Join this campaign by urging your congressman to introduce and support smarter and more efficient background checks for all gun sales, not just licensed gun dealers
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