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A background check requirement for unlicensed sales could have saved a woman who was shot and killed in January 2018 in Appleton, Wisconsin, by her husband, who was able to purchase the firearm from a seller he met online, despite his prohibiting felony conviction.
It could have saved a woman, her husband, and six children—aged 6 to 13—who were all killed by her former partner in August 2015 near Houston, Texas. Despite an extensive prohibiting criminal history, the killer was able to buy a gun from a stranger he met online.
Or another woman who was shot and killed by her ex-boyfriend in May 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The killer, who also seriously injured her two children in the shooting, had a prohibiting restraining order against him, but was able to purchase a firearm from an unlicensed seller.
We know these laws work. When Connecticut passed a law requiring handgun buyers to pass a background check at the point of sale and as part of a permit process, it was associated with a 40% reduction in the gun homicide rate and a 15% reduction in the gun suicide rate.
By contrast, when Missouri decided to repeal its purchase permit law requiring background checks, the state experienced a 25% increase in its firearm homicide rate and a 16% increase in its firearm suicide rate.
Millions of guns change hands each year through sales by unlicensed sellers. A 2015 survey found that nearly a quarter of Americans who acquired a firearm within the past two years did so without a background check.
Since the introduction of the federal background check system 25 years ago, the Internet emerged as a massive, unregulated marketplace. Investigations show that, in some states, as many as 1 in 10 would-be gun buyers on Armslist.com have prohibiting criminal records.
So out of respect for America’s gun violence victims and survivors, don’t say “there is no tragedy that would have been prevented by [#HR8 , nor evidence to support the claim that related homicides are driven by legal private transfer.” It’s a lie based on greed.
And the @NRA knows it. You know it.

“We think it's reasonable to provide mandatory instant background checks for every sale at every gun show. No loopholes anywhere, for anyone,” the NRA‘s Wayne LaPierre in 1999 #UpdateBackgroundChecks #HR8

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