Leading Senate talks falling short of universal background checks
April 8th, 2013
04:57 PM ET
1 year ago

Leading Senate talks falling short of universal background checks

Washington (CNN) – The leading bipartisan negotiations in the Senate for new gun control legislation would favor expanding background checks but would fall short of the universal approach backed by President Barack Obama and many Democrats, CNN has learned.

FBI background checks are currently required for commercial sales. The proposal being considered would expand them to gun shows and Internet sales, but would not require them for any other private sales, according to multiple sources in both parties familiar with the talks.

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  1. Tommy G

    We already have tens of thousands of gun laws in this country, along with background checks. How about we enforce all of the existing laws on the books? Why create more you are unwilling to enforce? Is it just to turn law abiding citizens into criminals with this endless web of gun laws? Guns laws that real criminals don't give a hoot about?

    A majority of Americans do NOT want this garbage passed. Flush it down the toilet where it belongs.

    April 8, 2013 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  2. Sniffit

    Then it is all a waste of time. Universal, nationalized background checks and registration system or the whole thing has been a waste of time and anything that comes out of it will be ineffective crap yet again gutted by the GOP/Teatrolls specifically with the intent to make it not work.

    @ Tommy G

    Studies show that the majority of Americans think US gun laws are far stricter than they really are. I know you're just trying to perpetuate that misconception and all, but you could at least keep it close to the realm of truth. The NRA's silly talking points don't explain why that horrible web of regulation allows things like hundreds of no-fly watchlist individuals to walk out of gun shops with a gun AFTER A BACKGROUND CHECK. Loopholes have created a legalized black market for firearms. The list is endless and the cherry on top is law enforcement in red states that are unwilling to enforce the broken laws that do exist in the first place.

    April 8, 2013 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  3. Aaron

    We have, in my opinion, entered a time where symbolism is more important than substance. I certainly haven't read any of these gun control bills in-full (and don't say you have because none of you have) but from the summaries, it doesn't appear that any of them stop crazy people who are intent upon doing harm from doing crazy harmful things.

    April 8, 2013 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  4. Mel

    Many gun owners would probably welcome expanded background checks. They are tired of being smeared with the same brush as the anti-social miscreants who use guns to break the law. The dilemma for gun owners is that they see expanded background checks as another step in the desire by gun control advocates to confiscate all firearms.

    Gun control advocates should be honest and admit their intention is to remove all guns from American society. Many have already stated this publicly. They view the Second Amendment as a only a temporary roadblock.

    April 8, 2013 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  5. Diraphe

    Internet sales ALREADY require a background check. The media and politicians are mischaracterizing the issue. Responding to a personal ad is NOT an "internet sale"; the money and firearm exchange hands IN PERSON. There is no digital transfer of funds and the firearm is not delivered to your address.

    April 8, 2013 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  6. ghostriter

    Aaron, actually none of the proposals put forth by either side would prevent that. That doesn't mean we do nothing. It means we decide as a country what we should do.

    Mel, everyone that is for more regulation is not for confiscation. Just as everyone gun owner is not against any regulation.

    April 8, 2013 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  7. rob

    With the help of CNN and the rest of the DEm media, the President and Harry Reid are in full blame the Republicans mode while shamelessly using the victims families as political props Reid can't get his own caucus to support the tougher laws and now they hide behind the Republicans who are standing up to the completely ineffective measures being "Debated" in the Senate.

    As the mid trems approach the economy continues to craw with record numbers in poverty, food stamps, millions out of the work force and Obamacare is coming apart etc. they will get more and more desparate. Tthe President is running out of people to blame. Despite the cover the Media will give him and the Dems, the tide will turn as they can't hide from the record.

    Nov. 2014 can't come fast enough.

    April 8, 2013 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  8. Larry L

    Here in Texas today I can sell a gun to an individual without knowing their name, their age, and certainly not their criminal history or level of mental stability. I can sell to gang-bangers, meth-crazed fools, anti-American anarchists, or even somebody who openly wishes to harm America. He/she doesn't even need to know my name or my age. I can load thousands of rounds of ammo and sell that as well – to the same group. They can also buy the ammo on-line – I do it all the time. I can advertise that ammo as "able to penetrate police or military armor". Does that make sense to anybody?

    April 8, 2013 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  9. g

    the only reason the gun nuts are fighting so hard is because most would not pass the smell test

    April 8, 2013 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  10. S.B. Stein

    Why wouldn't there be a need for that background check for every purchace of a weapon sold? There needs to be a way to track every weapon sold by the manufacturer so that we can know where the criminals get them from. Any stolen weapon should be noted so that any crime committed with it can be used against the person comitting the crime.

    April 8, 2013 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  11. rs

    More than 90% of Americans, including NRA members, Republicans want full background checks for all gun sales. Man-up GOP, this what America wants-do it now!

    April 8, 2013 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |