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We need bipartisan legislation for firearm background checks

Posted: August 4, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: August 4, 2013 2:00 a.m.

In late July, I read several items in The Signal discussing American gun policy. After reviewing these pieces, I would like to discuss a bipartisan proposal Congress should immediately consider: universal background checks.

The White House estimates that 40 percent of all guns sales are legally conducted without a background check, making it easy for a criminal to purchase a deadly assault weapon.

Regardless of our personal views on guns, we can all agree that criminals shouldn’t have access to firearms; in fact, a Gallup poll published last January showed that 91 percent of Americans would support a proposal to "require criminal background checks for all gun sales."

I call upon members of both parties to come together in supporting this bipartisan proposal.

We might disagree on the benefits of banning assault weapons, but we can all agree that criminals shouldn’t have access to any deadly weapons.

I hope Congress will act immediately to require background checks on all firearm sales.


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