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Mayors press Warner, Webb to support closing gunshow loophole

Rosalind Helderman

Gun-control advocates are making a full-court press for a federal law to close the so-called gun show loophole, rules that allows gun purchases from private vendors at gun shows without background checks.

First, several family members of victims of the 2007 Virginia Tech shootings signed a full-page ad in the Richmond Times Dispatch Monday calling on Virginia Sens. Jim Webb and Mark Warner to back legisation. Today, a group called Mayors Against Illegal Guns is launching a national television campaign urging passage of the bill. The mayors include New York's Michael Bloomberg and Richmond's Dwight Jones.

The ads will begin running today and will last into next week, airing on national cable news channels as well as in local markets in Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Ohio, and Virginia. They note that both Sen. John McCain and President Obama have voiced support for changing the gun show law and, in Virginia, urge viewers to call Webb and Warner and ask them to sponsor the legislation.

Watch the ad below.

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By Rosalind Helderman  |  April 20, 2010; 4:24 PM ET
Categories:  James Webb , Mark Warner , Rosalind Helderman , Virginia Tech massacre  | Tags: Mark Warner, Mayors Against Illegal Guns, Michael Bloomberg, Virginia Tech massacre  
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Comments

First of all, this "loophole" has nothing to do with gun shows. I wish the media would do some actual reporting and explain to their readers what this actually is.

Second, as I gun owner I would support background checks on all transfers IF the ATF opened NICS up to everyone. Right now, only FFL (Federal Firearms Licenses) have the ability to access the background check database.

Posted by: reiflame1 | April 20, 2010 8:45 PM | Report abuse

GUN SHOW LOOPHOLE? Call it what it is! This is the progressive's idea of starting a database that will prevent private individuals from selling their guns in private;
Shame on the VA Tech relatives for exploiting that COMPLETELY unrelated case to this the "private home loophole"

NEVER in the Commonwealth; down with these socialists!

Posted by: civilrightist | April 20, 2010 9:43 PM | Report abuse

When will they learn? The Guns show loop hole is a myth. It is already illegal to sell a fire arm without a background check at a gun show or anywhere else for that matter.

Posted by: SSTK34 | April 21, 2010 7:42 AM | Report abuse

The other poster here are correct. The private sales of guns from a private owner to another private owner have nothing to do with the gunshows, other than on occasin that is a venue where they meet to sell and buy the guns from each other. All the tables that are selling the guns as part of the shows are dealers or sellers that are conducting a background check. I have purchased guns at these shows, and all the sellers I bought from took my driver's permit and CCW permit and did a background on me before I was able to carry the gun away! Additionally, the weapons from the VA Tech murders were NOT purchased from a gun show, as a matter of fact, they were purchased from a gun shop! So the families of the victims are understandably upset and angry, but they are grabbing on to causes unrelated to the offense that killed their love ones!

Posted by: Hotelguest0 | April 21, 2010 10:32 AM | Report abuse

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