“The new Senate Republican bill is riddled with high-caliber loopholes...it makes no sense to let criminals continue to use legitimate gun shows as a convenience store for their weapons.”
President Bill Clinton
Today, in Washington, President Clinton urged the Senate to close the gun show loophole and pass a measure requiring background checks for all gun purchases at gun shows. The President expressed his disappointment in the Senate today for failing to do so, and for creating additional dangerous loopholes in our gun laws. He also commended the Senate for passing two important gun control measures contained in his gun legislation.
Urging the Senate to “Do the Right Thing” on Gun Shows. The President expressed his disappointment in the Senate for failing to close the gun show loophole, and for creating additional dangerous loopholes in our gun laws. The Hatch-Craig Amendment passed by the Senate today:
The President urged the Senate to “do right by the American people” and reconsider this measure when all members are present for a vote.
The Gun Show Loophole. Last year, there were more than 4,000 gun shows across the country, as well as flea markets and other events where guns can be traded anonymously. An estimated 25-50% of the sellers at gun shows are unlicensed, and guns sold by these unlicensed sellers are not subject to background checks. As a result, gun shows can provide a loophole for prohibited purchasers to obtain guns with no questions asked.
Endorsing Common-Sense Measures. President Clinton endorsed Senate passage of two important gun control measures yesterday that were part of his package:
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