April 10th, 2013
07:37 AM ET
5 years ago

Background checks on gun sales: How do they work?

Washington (CNN) - A central part of the gun legislation Congress is expected to take up this week is the idea of expanded background checks on gun purchases. But few Americans understand how background checks actually work.

Leaders from both sides of the aisle - and an overwhelming number of Americans in national opinion polls - support expanded background checks before the purchase of guns. But when it comes to specifics, the divide shows.


Filed under: Gun control • Gun rights
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  1. Guest

    They punish and complicate the posssession of firearms for the majority of legal owners who are extremely unlikely to commit crimes while doing nothing to stop the criminal element. They jeopardize the ability of Americans to defend themselves in a social response to a horrific crime. More people have prevented themselves from becoming victims of criminals than those that have been killed with a firearm, so screw them!

    April 10, 2013 08:02 am at 8:02 am |
  2. The Real Tom Paine

    "Like most rights, the Second Amendment right is not unlimited. It is not a right to keep and carry any weapon whatsoever in any manner whatsoever and for whatever purpose: For example, concealed weapons prohibitions have been upheld under the Amendment or state analogues.

    "The Court's opinion should not be taken to cast doubt on longstanding prohibitions on the possession of firearms by felons and the mentally ill, or laws forbidding the carrying of firearms in sensitive places such as schools and government buildings, or laws imposing conditions and qualifications on the commercial sale of arms. [United States v.] Miller's holding that the sorts of weapons protected are those 'in common use at the time' finds support in the historical tradition of prohibiting the carrying of dangerous and unusual weapons."

    -Antonin Scalia

    Is he a RINO for saying that?

    April 10, 2013 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  3. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Just show me the Manchin and Toomey proposal. This debate about background checks is a no brainer. EVERYONE in this country who wants to own a gun, needs to undergo a background check. No if's, ands, or buts about it.

    April 10, 2013 08:42 am at 8:42 am |