Missouri Legislator Wants to Shoot Down State's "Gun Show Loophole"

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State Rep. Stacey Newman (D-Richmond Heights) announced today that
she will file legislation in January aimed at closing Missouri's "Gun Show Loophole" that allows for the sale of weapons without background checks.

"After the recent horrific massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut,
we must ensure that all firearms purchases, regardless of where they are sold, include
the same comprehensive background checks as required for licensed firearm dealers," said Newman in a statement.


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Current federal law only requires background checks on for guns sold through licensed firearm dealers, allowing private dealers to sell arms without a license and without processing any paperwork. As a result, it's believed that two out of every five guns sold in America change hands without a thorough check of the buyer.

"Stopping gun sales to those who should not be permitted to buy firearms (including the mentally ill), will prevent future senseless gun violence," said Newman. "181 school shootings have occurred since Columbine in 1999. We cannot sit idly by and wait for a similar tragedy in Missouri. Doing nothing is no longer an option."

If passed, which seems unlikely given that it has been estimated that 40 percent Jefferson City lawmakers pack heat inside the Capitol, Missouri would become the 18th state in the nation that requires background checks at gun shows.

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st_louis63104
st_louis63104

Why didn't you guys use "Missourah" in the headline, like you do when you want to push the "wingnut" angle?  That's always so fresh and hilarious.

JamesMadison
JamesMadison topcommenter

If I want to buy/sell a gun with my brother, does the Federal government need to get involved? Should someone selling a car be forced to make certain the new owner has insurance? Before selling that treadmill, do I need their doctor's permission that the person is healthy enough to use it without dropping dead of a stroke? If you are going to do something like this, let's make it easy. Do not issue a driver's license to someone you would not allow to purchase a gun. Then the only requirement in selling a gun to an individual is that they have a valid driver's license. A car is far more deadly instrument than a rifle. Mentally disturbed individuals should not be permitted to operate either. Or perhaps a voter's registration card with a picture ID. Should we permit mentally disturbed individual elect representatives?

12judges
12judges

While some gun owners wouldn't, I would support this legislation.  No reaonsable gun owner wants guns in the hands of criminals and a minimal Federal NICS background check should be the law of the land for all public and private gun sales.  Law abiding citizens have nothing to fear from the NICS check, only criminals and those otherwise ineligible.  For those gun owners that disagree I would respond that obtaining a dealer FFL for yourself, a C&R FFL, or using a 3rd party FFL to run the background check, while a hastle, is not a bridge to far to keep guns out of the hands of those that shouldn't have them.  That said I think her idea that it will stop or limit spree killings like Newtown is ludicrous.

Barry Bean
Barry Bean

So, in response to a horrific crime committed by a mentally ill man who targeted his own mother and innocent children, she wants to pass a law that in no way, shape, or form would have stopped the crime in question. Brilliant.

12judges
12judges

I hear you James believe me I do and no I don't like the federal government's nose in my business any more than you but there are practical considerations based on long-standing constitutional precedent here.  We all understand what "right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed" means here but we can't forget the phrase "well regulated" that has been used to justify numerous constitutional restrictions on gun purchases (by felons and the insane, etc.) and to justify the 1968 and 1986 NFA acts which have been challenged numerous times.  My point is this: You may know who you brother is and are sure he's not a felon but we don't.  If he's not a felon, insane, under indictment, had an order of protection against him or is an illegal alien than he has nothing to fear.  He'll pass.  If we as gun owners aren't willing to compromise to keep guns out of the hands of criminals by using the NICS check the government will do it anyway, and much tougher, and it will likely be protected constitutionally.  Just like the 1986 NFA, they can't take them away from you but they can make much much harder.  It's the NICS check or a virtual ban on ownership.  Your choice.

southcityresident
southcityresident

@12judges with the proliferation of wireless apps and smart phone technology I don't see why someone can't develop a way to obtain a one day or one time login to run a background check instantaneously from gun shows.

southcityresident
southcityresident

@Barry Bean so you have a problem passing a background check at a brick and mortar gun shop so you have to make back alley gun show purchases?

JamesMadison
JamesMadison topcommenter

@Barry Bean , you are exactly right. The gun-control fanatics look for anything to deny the rest of us Americans our rights and freedom. As Rahm would say, never let a crisis go to waste. They are politicizing the deaths of children for their own gains. It is revolting.

JesseLiberty
JesseLiberty

@Barry Bean, Unfortunately, the is no regulation that would have prevented the crime in question. 

JamesMadison
JamesMadison topcommenter

@12judges , the entire unintended consequences need to be fully examined. We need to look at the history of man. When the government decides that all guns must be registered, then bans certain types, they know exactly where to go to claim those types. My rights end up violated until years later the Supreme Court restores some sanity.  during the intervening time, criminals with unregistered guns cause mayhem, and deprive me of property, life, and liberty. We should no more register firearms as we would require all papers to be approved by the government (Stamp Act). We must not give government that much control of our rights as they will cease to be right, but mere privileges bestowed by the ruling parties.

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