It can be reduced
How Universal Background Checks can help!
Fact or Myth: guns don’t kill people, people kill people. Fact! People are responsible for getting the gun that kill people and pulling the trigger that actually kills the person. The idea that guns are the problems in society is false. Guns are legal for a reason they help to protect individuals from criminals and other people or things that might try and hurt them. So if guns are meant to protect against dangerous people, why do they more often than not hurt innocent people? The answer lies with the individuals who own the guns. Convicted felons, mentally ill people, and minors are not allowed to purchase nor have guns for a reason. Yet private sellers do not know whether or not they are selling a gun to one of these ineligible people because they don’t run background checks. Federal law only permits background checks for gun purchases from federally registered dealers. It is then up to the states to implement any further restriction on gun purchases. Many states decide to leave the law the way it is and only follow federal law. Other states like New York, Washington, Delaware and our nation’s capital Washington D.C., have decided to strengthen their gun background check law to also require private sellers to conduct background checks.
Why we need increased background check laws
Study on Missouri Background Check Law
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