A group of Republican and Democrat senators have reportedly agreed to expand gun background checks to cover all commercial sales. That means, regardless of whether the firearm is purchased at a shop, on the web or at a gun show, the process of investigating the purchaser and his qualifications will remain the same.
Currently, background checks are only required when gun buys are made through official, licensed dealers. If someone obtains their firepower through other means, however, they are essentially free to skip from A to Z with nothing even remotely resembling a speed bump.
According to the Washington Post, this bipartisan deal is expected to have enough support from both sides “to allow the Senate debate on an overarching bill that would expand background checks, make gun trafficking a federal crime for the first time and bolster federal funding for school security plans.”
Sens. Joe Manchin, Chuck Schumer, Mark Kirk and Pat Toomey are said to be at the core of the group that struck this deal.