I suppose they think that “expanded background checks” equates to “universal background checks” or, that the public thinks that (which might be true). The media, pollsters, and Obama himself, have all taken to using the expression “expanded background checks” to describe the failed Senate bill.
The “universal background checks” bill that was defeated in the Senate would have made it a felony for a husband to loan his wife a gun if she took it outside the home. It would have made it illegal for one hunter to try-out another’s rifle if they were on public land. That was part of the reason the bill failed. If I wanted to sell a gun to someone I know, we’d have had to go to an FFL and have the NICS (Brady) check run.
Anyway, from the “news” article there:
A majority of gun dealers support expanded background checks, according to a survey.
Though enhanced checks on potential gun buyers may reduce sales, retailers who responded to the survey revealed near unanimous support for denying gun purchases based on prior convictions, mental illness or a history of alcohol or drug abuse.
Here’s a PDF of the press release for the survey and please note that it (the survey) was conducted by the University of California, Davis, Violence Prevention Research Program.
Here are the results of the survey showing what the current criteria is for denying a firearm purchase, as well as proposed additional criteria:
â€¢ Armed robbery: 99.3 percent
â€¢ Aggravated assault, involving a lethal weapon or serious injury: 99.1 percent
â€¢ Assault and battery on an intimate partner/ domestic violence: 79.6 percent
â€¢ Alcohol abuse, with repeated cases driving under the influence or similar offenses: 70.7 percent
â€¢ Assault/battery, not involving a lethal weapon or serious injury: 67.4 percent
â€¢ Resisting arrest: 53.1 percent
â€¢ Serious mental illness, with a history of violence: 98.9 percent
â€¢ Serious mental illness, with a history of alcohol or drug abuse: 97.4 percent
â€¢ Serious mental illness, but no violence or alcohol or drug abuse: 91.2 percent
â€¢ Alcohol abuse, with repeated cases of alcohol-related violence: 90.1 percent
â€¢ Publicly displaying a firearm in a threatening manner: 84.8 percent
â€¢ Possession of equipment for illegal drug use: 80.7 percent
I would question some of those “criteria” since cops love to charge people with “resisting arrest” or displaying a firearm in a “threatening manner” which the hoplophobic public claims anytime they see an exposed holster, or a pop-tart bitten in a certain shape. Also, possession of equipment for illegal drug use could be construed by some (like cops in N.H.) as a pot pipe or a pack of rolling papers.
The survey (conducted in 2011) did not cover the possibility of requiring background checks on every private transfer of a firearm.
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