Lawmakers plan to announce the details of a bill aimed at closing a gun sales loophole.
Co-sponsors Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy said they plan to introduce the “No Check, No Sale” bill on Wednesday.
They’ll be joined by Sens. Dick Durbin of Illinois, Barbara Boxer of California, Jack Reed of Rhode Island and Robert Menendez of New Jersey.
They said their legislation will close a loophole that currently allows gun sales to proceed if a background check is not completed within 72 hours.
Blumenthal called it a “default to proceed” loophole in the Brady Handgun Violence Act.
He pointed to the incident in Charleston, SC. He said shooting suspect Dylann Roof was granted a firearm through that loophole before he allegedly gunned down nine people in a church.
He said the FBI acknowledged that a completed background check would have uncovered a prior arrest on drug charges and Roof’s drug addiction.
The senators said a growing number of firearms dealers, including Walmart, do not allow default sales. However, places like Cabela’s, EZ Pawn and Bass Pro Shops continue to do so.
Their announcement is set for 10:15 a.m. at the Senate Visitors Center Room 202 in Washington D.C.
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