AR-15 style rifles are displayed for sale at a gun show in Costa Mesa, California, in 2021. Photo Credit: Patrick T Fallon/AFP/Getty Images

Society USA7. May 2024

Historic Move on Gun Laws “Will Save Lives”

The United States is now requiring mandatory background checks for individuals who wish to become licensed firearms dealers in a drive to tighten gun laws and prevent weapons from ending up in criminal hands.

“Under this regulation, it will not matter if guns are sold on the internet, at a gun show, or at a brick-and-mortar store: if you sell guns predominantly to earn a profit, you must be licensed, and you must conduct background checks,” explains the attorney general, Merrick Garland. “This regulation is a historic step in the justice department’s fight against gun violence. It will save lives.”

The Biden administration has long wanted to close the so-called gun show loophole – which exempts private transactions from restrictions that apply to licensed dealers. Indeed, according to the White House, 22% of guns owned by Americans were acquired without a background check. The new regulation – a hardening of the 2022 bipartisan Safer Communities Act stipulating that all persons “who devote time, attention, and labour to dealing in firearms as a regular course of trade or business to earn a profit predominantly” would be considered a dealer – will impose a background check to some 23,000 more individuals for them to become licensed dealers.

The Guardian

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