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Senate Push to Expand Federal Gun Background Check Program

40 Percent of Gun Sales Lack a Background Check

The existing law has been regulating licensed firearm dealers across to country to run a background check on buyers. The numbers are convincing. In the last decade and a half, a firearm background check has kept 1.5 million of the wrong people from obtaining a gun.

A White House reference to an Institute of Justice report claims that 40% of gun sales are transactions made between private sellers who are exempt from this requirement. Therefore, 40% of the people buying guns do so outside of the National Instant Criminal Background Check system (NICS). Gun advocates claim that these statistics are flawed and about two decades old.

Senate Call for Expansion of Gun Background Checks

In response to the Ford Hood shooting, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev) said that Congress should look further into expanding the NICS program.  The point of all this is to make sure felons and those that are mentally ill aren't allowed to purchase firearms.

Nine out of ten Americans support the idea of expanding the current firearm background check system, but many hurdles still await for a proposal that is bipartisan.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid even said that there is strong support even from the National Rifle Association (NRA) to conduct more thorough background checks.

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