Gun waiting periods rare in US states but more may be coming

Gun waiting periods rare in US states but more may be coming

FILE – In this Aug. 11, 2019, file photo, Seo Yoon “Yoonie” Yang, with Students Demand Action, speaks during a vigil to remember the victims of the El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, mass shootings and call for lawmakers to take action against gun violence at Miller Park in Chattanooga, Tenn. Not long before the deadly Atlanta-area shootings spread fear and anger through Asian American communities nationwide, police say the attacker legally bought a handgun. New gun laws won’t fix deep-seated problems such as racism, misogyny and violence, Yang said. But they can help keep guns out of the hands of people who would do harm in the meantime, she said. (Erin O. Smith/Chattanooga Times Free Press via AP) Not long before the deadly Atlanta-area shootings spread fear and anger through Asian American communities nationwide, police say the attacker made a legal purchase: a 9 mm handgun. Within hours, they say, he had killed eight people , seven of them women and six of Asian descent, in a rampage targeting massage businesses. If Georgia had required him to wait before getting a gun, lawmakers and advocates say, he might not have acted on his impulse. “It’s really quick. You walk in, fill out the paperwork, get your background check and walk out with a gun,” said Robyn Thomas, executive director of the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. “If you’re in a state of crisis, personal crisis, you can do a lot of harm fairly quickly.” The purchase […]

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