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Should Background Checks be required at Gun Shows ?

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SHOULD BACKGROUND CHECKS BE REQUIRED AT GUN SHOWS ?

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YES, 3 DAYS WAITING
YES, INSTANT
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YES, HYDE PROPOSAL


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FACT 1

Under current law, licensed gun dealers have three business days to run background checks on all transactions, whether at a shop or a show. Most checks are done within minutes, and 95 percent are completed within two hours, according to federal statistics But other, more informal nonlicensed vendors at gun shows do not have to run those checks. Gun control advocates say that is an unacceptable loophole.

 

OPTION 2

THERE SHOULD BE NO CHECKS, THIS IS AN INFRINGEMENT ON OUR RIGHTS.

 

OPTION 3

NRA-backed plan to require background checks at gun shows WITH MORE THAN 9 VENDERS, with 24 hours to complete the checks.

 

CON 3.1

IF YOU Keep the vendors down to nine an arsenal could move from individual seller to individual buyer. At shows with more vendors, buyer and seller could work the old see-you-later routine AND conclude the transaction somewhere else.

 

OPTION 4

Requires background checks at gun shows regardless of the size of the show. Check must be completed in three business days.

CON 3.1

HOW ARE VENDERS TO DO THIS WHEN THEIR JUST IN TOWN DURING THE SHOW.

 

OPTION 4

INSTANT BACKGROUND CHECKS ON ALL gun shows regardless of the size OF THE SHOW.

 

CON 4.1

THE REASON FOR THE 3 DAY WAIT IS TO ALLOW LOCAL OFFICIALS TO CHECK IF THERE IS ANY RECENT PROBLEMS WITH THE APPLICANTS, LIKE DOMESTIC FIGHTS.

 

FACT 5

According to an National Institute of Justice study released in December 1997, only 2% of criminal guns came from gun shows.

 

FACT 6

The Senate in May adopted an amendment by New Jersey Democrat Frank Lautenberg that would require three business day background checks for all gun show sales. The House rejected that proposal, leading to the current stalemate in the national gun control debate sparked by the Littleton, Colo., high school massacre last April.

 

OPTION 5

House Judiciary Committee chairman Henry Hyde, an Illinois Republican, would create a two-tiered timetable for background checks. In most cases, the checks would have to be done in 24 hours but if the check turned up a ``red flag'' such as a question about an arrest history, officials would have three business days to investigate further, Republican sources said.

 

 

 

 

 

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