Brady law has worked well, now expand checks

2013-05-19T00:00:00Z Brady law has worked well, now expand checks nwitimes.com
May 19, 2013 12:00 am

U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky should co-sponsor H.R. 1565 to expand Brady background checks on gun sales.

While the Brady Law requires criminal background checks of gun sales at gun stores, these checks are not required at gun shows, online sales and other venues where unlicensed sellers operate.

Right now in most states, felons, domestic abusers and the dangerously mentally ill can can walk into a gun show, flea market or even log on to the Internet and buy weapons from unlicensed sellers, no questions asked.

Congress should require a simple criminal background check. The Brady Law has stopped more than 2 million felons and domestic abusers from getting guns at gun stores. Now it's time to finish the job.

I strongly support the Second Amendment. However, this right also requires basic responsibility, and as a society we are responsible for keeping guns out of the hands of dangerous people like criminals, terrorists and the dangerously mentally ill.

- Robert Prusynski, Portage

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