Ohio House unlikely to close gun show loophole, Speaker says

Ohio House unlikely to close gun show loophole, Speaker says

Background checks are not required for firearms purchased from private sellers at gun shows. COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Speaker of the Ohio House said Thursday not to expect removal of a legal loophole that allows Ohioans to purchase guns without undergoing a criminal background check. Addressing reporters Thursday, Speaker Bob Cupp, R-Lima, said there’s no GOP support for a proposal from Democrats to close what’s known as the “gun show loophole” and require universal background checks for firearm purchases. “I don’t see the House taking that issue up,” he said. Under federal law, all federally licensed gun sellers must run buyers through the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) before selling firearms. However, private sellers need not check anyone’s criminal history before selling them a gun. In a 1999 report , the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives estimated private sellers comprise about one in four vendors at the more than 4,000 gun shows nationally. “Many nonlicensees entice potential customers to their tables with comments such as: ‘No background checks required; we need only to know where you live and how old you are,’” the ATF found. A 2017 sampling of more than 1,600 gun owners, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine , found that 22% of gun owners who reported obtaining their most recent firearm within the last two years did so without undergoing a criminal background check. (The research was funded in part by Fund for a Safer Future, which advocates for […]

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