Missouri Democrat takes aim at gun show loophole

Missouri Democrat takes aim at gun show loophole

Missouri Democrat takes aim at gun show loophole

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by KMOV.com Staff

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Posted on December 19, 2012 at 11:01 PM

Updated Monday, May 27 at 1:12 PM

ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) – Following the events in Connecticut, the gun debate is expected to re-ignite in Jefferson City.

One St. Louis area lawmaker plans to introduce a bill aimed at gun shows, aimed at what’s known as the gun show loophole.

The loophole allows for certain sales at gun shows can be made without any background checks.

Now, a bill from Richmond Heights democrat Stacey Newman aims to change the legislation.

“Everybody is talking about mental illness, what can we do and prevent the wrong people from receiving these kind of weapons,” Representative Newman said. “And at the same time we have gun shows where anyone can walk in, no background check is federally required.”

Newman plans to bring her bill to the legislature when lawmakers come back on January 9. Under current federal Brady Law, criminal background checks via the National Instant Background Check System (NICS) are only required for guns sold through licensed firearm dealers. 

With the loophole, private dealers are allowed to sell guns without a license and without processing any paperwork.

Gun shows are a major private gun dealer market, and can include assault weapons with high-capacity magazines.

With the loophole, private dealers are allowed to sell guns without a license and without processing any paperwork.

Some dealers, like Sovereign Arms in Arnold, Missouri already do those checks at gun shows.

“It’s not going to stop people going through the back door of selling the wrong people the guns,” said Matt Gumersall with Sovereign Arms. “It’s not respective to a gun show, it can happen anywhere and on any street corner.”

It’s not known how much support the gun show bill will get among Republicans in the capitol, who have consistently sided against gun restrictions.

One indication on how the debate will go is in a bill being promoted by Republicans in Missouri. The legislation calls for training first graders on how to respond if they’re facing a firearm at school.

Illinois is one of six states that have closed that gun show loophole.

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