Connecticut lawmakers joined gun safety advocates to call in firearms dealers to stop selling guns until background checks are complete.
Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy, along with Rep. Elizabeth Esty, urged the end of a practice called “default to proceed,” which essentially puts a gun in the hands of a buyer if pending checks last longer than 72 hours.
They said the default loophole in the Brady Handgun Violence Act allows, but does not require, gun retailers to proceed with a firearms sale after three days if an applicant’s background check is still pending.
The three said that the nine murders at a church in South Carolina were made possible because the 21-year-old suspect was able to purchase a firearm without passing a background check.
The lawmakers cited an FBI investigation in which it said a fully complete background check would have uncovered the suspect’s prior arrest on a drug charge and his drug addiction.
In which case he would not have been able to legally obtain the .45 caliber handgun he allegedly used to carry out the shooting.
Blumenthal, Murphy and Esty said a growing number of dealers, including Walmart, do not allow this loophole.
However, Cabela’s, EZ Pawn and Bass Pro Shops currently allow default sales, they said.
Lawmakers sent those retailers a letter pointing out what they called the “potentially deadly consequences” of the loophole.
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