New gun safety bill will strengthen background checks

Montpelier, VT – On Thursday, February 3, the Vermont Senate passed S.30, a gun safety bill that would strengthen background checks for gun purchases in the state.

Senate Speaker Pro Tempore Becca Balint said she was close to what has been called the “Charleston Loophole,” named after the deadly 2015 shooting in Charleston, South Carolina. A white supremacist who was legally prohibited from owning a gun was able to purchase one due to a loophole in federal law and killed nine people in Emmanuel AME Church.

State Senator Phil Baruth explained the shortcomings of federal background check law.

“Under federal law, when you go to buy a gun, you must get a background check. If the background check does not come back within three business days, there is a default procedure and you can when even getting the gun.There’s an obvious problem considering that if a background check doesn’t come back, it usually has to do with the FBI investigating why she didn’t come back clean.

Baruth says 90% of background checks come back within minutes, 97% come back within three days, and people who fall into the remaining three percent are four times more likely to have a history of domestic violence or domestic violence. .

Balint issued the following statement, “With the increase in gun violence over the past year, it is clear that we need this legislation to protect Vermont families and save lives.”

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