At least one gun owner from Pennsylvania thinks so.
Larry Glick, former executive director of the National Tactical Officers Association, explains why universal background checks will help keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people and keep Pennsylvania’s streets safer.
by Lauren Santa Cruz and Allison Zelman
- Reporting for The Center for American Progress on September 20, 2013
In a brief post they featured this public education advertisement produced by the Center for American Progress and Ceasefirepa.org
Do you think that people who can legally own guns should be exempt from background checks?
There are two types of gun sales. You have what’s called a commercial gun sale, where if I wanted to go buy a firearm, I could go to Dick’s Sporting Goods or go to a local gun dealer and I would look at a gun and I’d say “I wanna buy that.”
Then the other sale is a private sale. I own guns, and let’s say as a friend, you were very interested in one of my guns. I can just transfer that gun to you—that long gun now, whether it’s a rifle or shotgun, I can just sell that to you.
PA state law requires that for every single handgun sale, there must be a background check on the buyer. But for assault rifles, shotguns, and long guns the law allows unlicensed sellers to sell those guns... No background checks. No questions asked.
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7:22 PM PT: SteelerGrrl has just published news in the Jonathan Ferrell shooting:
Thu Jan 23, 2014 at 12:37 PM PT:
Thank you everybody, who voted in the poll and who discussed the question of the diary.
- TRPChicago will publish a post-argument summary of Abramski v. US this evening.
- Oral arguments were heard at the Supreme Court yesterday, January 22nd.
- A gun purchase after a successful background check is a key part of the case in What? Straw Purchase a Gun? Abramski v US.
- Reader’s dished about what the law should be, depending on whether SCOTUS upholds Abramski's conviction. Or not. Firearms Law & Policy Open Thread - Buying a Gun for Someone Else: What Should the Law Be?
- New readers of the Daily Kos Firearm Law and Policy group blog may want to begin with What the heck is a background check anyway? That diary includes an introduction to US Criminal Code, Title 18 U.S.C. § 922(g).
- Readers who want to understand the terms "strawbuyer" and "private sales" may want to start with this tutorial diary. Background Check 101 - What is a Straw Buyer?
- A gun purchase denied due to a failed background check was a key part of the back story in TRPChicago's diary on the Schrader v. Holder case, SCOTUS Declines to Hear Navy Vet's Gun Rights Appeal.