Reed, Whitehouse seek end to 'default' gun sales

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Reed, Whitehouse seek end to 'default' gun sales

Postby newportri » Thu Jul 30, 2015 8:16 pm

Senator Reed and Whitehouse are at it again.. Instead of trying to fix NICS, they would rather place further restrictions on gun owners when the .gov doesn't do their job when it comes to background checks.
Hopefully the dealers they are targeting won't give in.

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse are calling on gun dealers to stop selling firearms to people who haven't yet passed a complete background check.

The two Rhode Island senators are joined by 11 other U.S. senators in signing a letter to three large retailers that sell firearms and the National Shooting Sports Foundation, asking them to stop "default" sales of guns, which risk selling to people who shouldn't possess guns.

The letter references the recent mass shooting and murders of nine people at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, S.C. The alleged gunman had bought the .45 caliber handgun before the full background check uncovered his prior drug arrest and addiction."After the horror inflicted upon the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, no responsible gun retailer should transfer a gun without first conducting a complete background check," the letter says.

Licensed firearms dealers are required to check the FBI's National Instant Criminal Background Check System for people who are barred from possessing firearms, such as convicted felons, undocumented immigrants, and people with serious mental illnesses or substance abuse problems. When the background check indicates that the buyer may have a criminal record, the Federal Bureau of Investigation tries to determine the outcome of the case and whether the person can legally buy a gun.

However, a loophole in federal law allows firearms dealers to sell to buyers if the criminal background check is not completed in 72 hours, the so-called "default" sale. Rhode Island is one of a few states with a seven-day waiting period for the purchases of all firearms, which is intended to give law enforcement time to conduct background checks into the prospective buyers.

Some firearms dealers and retailers, including Walmart, don't allow default sales. The senators sent their letter to three firearms dealers that do: Cabela's, EZ Pawn and Bass Pro Shops.

Reed's office, which announced the letter Wednesday, said the default loophole has led to 15,729 firearm sales to "prohibited people" over the last five years.

Both sides of the debate on firearms acknowledge that the background check system is flawed, as many states, including Rhode Island, submit few, if any, records of people with serious mental health and substance abuse problems.

The National Shooting Sports Foundation said Wednesday that Reed should focus on fixing the national background check system: Ensuring all legally appropriate criminal mental health records are entered into the system, and that the administration of the system is supported at the federal and state level so the proper records are entered into the system.

"The firearms industry has been working to improve the background check system in these ways for more than two and a half years through our Fix NICS initiative," NSSF public affairs director Mike Bazinet said in a statement.
On the Fix NICS Web site, states are ranked according to the number of mental health records that are submitted to the background check system. Rhode Island ranks near the bottom. A new state law now allows a judge to submit information about people who are involuntarily committed in court for mental health treatment and pose a threat of violence to themselves or others.
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Re: Reed, Whitehouse seek end to 'default' gun sales

Postby R_Wilson » Thu Jul 30, 2015 11:09 pm

once again they don't care what the voters want. They assume the gov knows all. Every time a poll is submitted (not controlled by anti groups) the public speaks and it is not in favor of further control measures

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Re: Reed, Whitehouse seek end to 'default' gun sales

Postby shovel1966 » Fri Jul 31, 2015 1:37 pm

That's also a bit disturbing to me that the two Rhode Island senators are sending letters to these three companies none of which has a single store in Rhode Island. Even if a RI resident purchased a firearm online and had it shipped to a local FFL, the background check would NOT be done by Cabelas, Bass Pro, or EZ Pawn. Even with over 400 locations, EZ Pawn is primarily in the Southwest (TX, OK, NM, NV) with less than 5 or 6 locations east of the Mississippi River (and of course NONE in RI)
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Re: Reed, Whitehouse seek end to 'default' gun sales

Postby newportri » Fri Jul 31, 2015 2:46 pm

That's a good point. Senators are supposed to represent constituents in their districts and I would be surprised if any Rhode Islanders wants this regardless of how they feel about guns since it won't affect us anyway..
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Re: Reed, Whitehouse seek end to 'default' gun sales

Postby RImike » Sat Aug 01, 2015 12:04 am

I got an email from Cicillini, same mouth diarrhea as what Reed and Whitehouse said.
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