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 Feb. 6, 2019, file photo, Robyn Thomas, executive director of the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence testifies before the House Judiciary Committee hearing on gun violence, at Capitol Hill in Washington. Hours 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. “If you’re in a state of crisis, personal crisis, you can do a lot of harm fairly quickly,” Thomas said. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File) 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 was a normal transaction at Big Woods Goods, a shop north of Atlanta that complies with federal background check laws and is cooperating with police, said Matt Kilgo, a lawyer […]

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