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Rep. Castle Introduces Legislation to Close the Gun Show Loophole

Published: 5/11/2009
On May 6, 2009, Rep. Mike Castle (R-DE) and Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY) kicked-off a campaign to pass The Gun Show Loophole Closing Act, legislation to require background checks on all firearm sales at gun shows. Every year there are thousands of gun shows across the country and U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) has estimated that at least 25% of the gun-sellers at these events are unlicensed. Requiring background checks on all gun sales at gun shows, not just transactions with licensed dealers, will help ensure that firearms do not fall into the hands of criminals, terrorists or the mentally ill.

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