On May 19, Representative Carolyn Maloney (D-NY-12th District) introduced legislation to expand background checks to gun shows.
Titled the Gun Show Loophole Closing Act, Maloney’s legislation would require a background check on any private sale conducted at a gun show.
Maloney did not name one criminal or high profile attacker who got his or her gun via a private sale at a gun show, but Breitbart News has named a plethora who got their guns via background checks.
For example, Elton Simpson and Nadir Soofi (Garland), Jared and Amanda Miller (Las Vegas), Elliot Rodger (Santa Barabara), Ivan Lopez (Fort Hood 2014), Darion Marcus Aguilar (Maryland mall), Karl Halverson Pierson (Arapahoe High School), Paul Ciancia (LAX), Andrew John Engeldinger (Minneapolis), Aaron Alexis (DC Navy Yard), Tennis Melvin Maynard (West Virginia), James Holmes (Aurora theater), Jared Loughner (Tucson), Nidal Hasan (Fort Hood 2009), Jiverly Wong (Binghamton), Seung-Hui Cho (Virginia Tech), Naveed Haq (Seattle), and Mark Barton (Atlanta) all got their guns by passing background checks.
Nevertheless, in a news release subsequent to the push for expanding background checks, Rep. Maloney stressed that such checks would “keep guns out of criminal hands.” According to The Hill, Maloney added, “It wouldn’t be hard for gun show hosts to set up a background check station for private sellers. Many states already have this requirement, and my legislation would nationalize it.”
Oregon passed background checks for gun shows in 2000. Then, in 2015, Democrat lawmakers in Oregon said that was not enough and expanded checks to every private sale in the state.
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