Gun Dealer Fire Sales
When the federal government has shut down a gun dealer for selling illegally, it has nevertheless permitted that dealer to sell off its inventory - without conducting background checks. It's time for Congress to put a stop to this reckless end-run around background checks.
Employee Background Checks
Under the current law, if a person can't buy guns - because he or she has a criminal record or a history of mental illness - that person cannot sell guns either. But the law fails to require dealers to conduct background checks on their employees, even though they already use the background check system in their stores every day. Congress should act so that people behind the counter at gun stores must pass the same background check as their customers.
Mental Health Gaps
In the wake of the tragic events at Virginia Tech in 2007, the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) Improvement Amendments Act of 2007 was passed unanimously by the House and Senate and signed into law by President Bush on January 8, 2008. Congress should appropriate full funding to ensure its effective implementation nationwide.