U.S. Now Requires Background Checks for Gun Shows and Online Gun Sales

(TheConservativeTimes.org) – There has been a new addition to firearm regulation which says that background checks will be required for online gun sales and at gun shows. According to the Justice Department, this is a “historic” new action that would keep weapons out of the hands of criminals.

The “Gun show loophole” made it so that private transactions were exempt from restrictions that apply to licensed dealers. This loophole was created as the Biden Administration tried to do more with gun control and there has been a motion to close the loophole since then.

“Under this regulation, it will not matter if guns are sold on the internet, at a gun show, or a brick-and-mortar store: if you sell guns predominantly to earn a profit, you must be licensed, and you must conduct background checks,” the attorney general, Merrick Garland said.

He continued, “This regulation is a historic step in the justice department’s fight against gun violence. It will save lives.”

The White House has said that over twenty percent of guns owned by Americans have been obtained without any background check. Once this is in place, more than twenty thousand people will be required to be a licensed dealer.

“There is a large and growing black market of guns being sold by people in the business of dealing and doing it without a license, and therefore they are not running background checks the way the law requires,” the ATF director said.

The rule for selling has been announced as the Safer Communities Act which says that people “who devote time, attention, and labor to dealing in firearms as a regular course of trade or business to predominantly earn a profit would be considered a dealer.”

However, White House did clarify that transfers of firearms or occasional sales that happen to increase a collection wouldn’t be considered a sale from a dealer.

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