Gun safety

Gun safety

The Arkansas School Safety Commission has been discussing important steps that can be taken to keep students safe. It is considering factors like mental health, prevention programs and school infrastructure as part of a comprehensive plan. And while school security can help mitigate the crises we currently face, volunteers at Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America believe the key to preventing gun violence in our schools is to keep guns out of the hands of people with dangerous histories. Requiring background checks for all gun sales, implementing and enforcing red-flag laws and enacting other common-sense gun laws would not only make our schools safer, but those positions enjoy broad support from the public, including gun owners. These are common sense solutions that don’t involve putting more guns into our schools and are much less controversial and proven to be effective. After all, if guns everywhere for everyone made us safer, we’d be among the safest states in the nation and safest countries in the world. Many people assume background checks are required on all gun sales, but this is not true. Criminal background checks are only required for sales conducted by licensed dealers. Often called "the gun show loophole," this exception is easy to exploit. The loophole makes it easy for convicted felons or domestic abusers to acquire guns without a background check simply by finding an unlicensed seller online or at a gun show. When Connecticut passed a law requiring background checks for all handgun sales, […]

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