Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W. Va., and Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., talk about how they reached a bipartisan agreement on background checks for gun purchases.
Ratcheting up pressure for Congress to limit access to guns, President Barack Obama said the vast majority of Americans support stronger background checks for gun purchases.
Straw purchasers are people with no criminal record, can pass a background check, obtain a gun legally, then give them to people with criminal records who can not do so themselves. Lawmakers are looking to crack down on straw purchasers.
Barack Obama continues his push for strict gun control measures, starting with universal background checks.
A few weeks back we wrote a column about the issues being debated regarding potentially restricting the rights of gun owners established by the second amendment. The column was generally well received, but there was one point of contention that remains the center of debate regarding gun owners’ rights -- especially with the flaming out of Senator Feinstein’s bill on what she refers to as “assault weapons.” We need to correct this point and we discuss the issue in greater depth.
A divided Senate Judiciary Committee has approved a Democratic bill expanding required federal background checks for nearly all gun purchases. The sponsor is New York Democratic Sen. Charles Schumer, who said the measure will reduce gun crimes.
In April of 2007, a mentally disturbed student showed up at the campus of his school, Virginia Tech, brandishing two semi-automatic pistols, and murdered 32 students, teachers and school employees and wounded 17 others. Then he took his own life.