Lawmakers target gun-check exemption

Lawmakers target gun-check exemption

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WASHINGTON – Dylann Roof killed nine people at a historic black church in Charleston, S.C., using a firearm he never should have had. That discovery prompted Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., to take legislative action. But since that 2015 shooting, the number of people able to get a firearm without a complete background check has jumped nationwide – and congressional action is at a standstill. Blumenthal introduced the “No Check, No Sale” bill in October to change a provision in federal law that allows a gun sale to be completed after 72 hours, even if the FBI has not finished a background check. How to Sell your House Fast The 72-hour rule was inserted at the behest of gun-rights supporters who worried that bureaucratic fumbling might delay a lawful gun purchase. “No Check, No Sale” has withered in Congress over the past eight monthsdespite an uptick in people purchasing firearms without a fully completed background check. The percentage of people purchasing a gun without a complete background check rose from 2.8 to about 3.6 percent between 2014 and 2017, according to ThinkProgress data released earlier this year. That 3.6 percent translates into more than 300,000 people purchasing a gun in 2017 without the federally licensed firearms dealer finishing a background check because 72 hours had elapsed. Blumenthal said the numbers are “alarming, given a gaping loophole” in the FBI’s enforcement of background checks which allow individuals to purchase a gun in 28 states if the FBI does not clear them […]

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