US Senators Reach Bipartisan Deal on Expanding Gun Background Checks

US Senators Reach Bipartisan Deal on Expanding Gun Background Checks

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gun show Flickr glasgowsA bipartisan group of senators has struck a deal to expand gun background checks to all commercial sales — whether at gun shows, via the Internet or in any circumstance involving paid advertising, according to Senate aides familiar with the talks.

The amendment to the guns legislation already proposed in the Senate would not cover private transactions between individuals, unless there was advertising or an online service involved. It is more stringent than the current law, which requires checks only when purchases are made through a licensed dealer.

An overwhelmingly majority of American voters — 91 percent — support universal gun background checks, according to a poll from Quinnipiac University released last week, and other similar surveys conducted this year.

(READ the full story in the Washington Post)


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