Duckworth, Durbin reintroduce gun Background Check Expansion Act

Duckworth, Durbin reintroduce gun Background Check Expansion Act
This requirement extends to all unlicensed sellers, whether they do business online, at gun shows, or out of their home. (Source: Williamson County Sheriffs Office)

WASHINGTON (KFVS) - Senators Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth along with 38 other senators reintroduced the Background Expansion Act that would expand federal background checks on all gun sales.

“Support for universal background checks is nearly unanimous among Americans these days, with 97 percent of Americans supporting required background checks on all gun sales—including 97 percent of gun owners. This number is absolutely overwhelming. It’s time for Republicans to join with Democrats and nearly all Americans in support of universal background checks,” said Durbin.

“It’s just common sense that if you can’t pass a background check, you shouldn’t be able to purchase a firearm—and the vast majority of Americans know it,” said Duckworth. “How many lives must be taken before Congress finally says, ‘enough is enough?’ In the wake of so many tragedies, it’s past time Congress acted on this common-sense solution to help keep weapons out of the hands of terrorists, criminals and those who are dangerous to others and to themselves.”

This requirement extends to all unlicensed sellers, whether they do business online, at gun shows, or out of their home.

Exceptions include:

  • Transfers between law enforcement officers
  • Temporarily loaning firearms for hunting and sporting events, providing firearms as gifts to immediate family members
  • Transferring a firearm as part of an inheritance, or temporarily transferring a firearm for immediate self-defense.

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