Gun Show Loophole
"My car is more regulated than your killing machine."
Background checks are very important
Background checks are a systematic way to keep guns out of the hands of people with dangerous histories. Since the system was established, background checks have blocked over 3 million sales to people with felony convictions, domestic abusers, fugitives, and other people prohibited by law from having guns.1 But under current federal law, background checks are only required on gun sales at licensed dealers. This loophole in the system makes it easy for millions of guns to change hands each year with no background check, and no questions asked.2 In fact, an estimated 22 percent of gun transfers take place without a background check – often between strangers who meet online, or at gun shows.3Yet states are closing this loophole. As of January 1, 2017, nineteen states and Washington, DC have passed laws to require background checks on all handgun sales.4