Should Background Checks Be Required at Gun Shows?

Another firearms show is scheduled soon in Gwinnett County. Share your thoughts.

With another gun show scheduled soon in Gwinnett County, it's time to note a significant feature of such events. Background checks apparently are not required in Georgia and several other states, according to available information.

Large numbers of people flocked to the Gwinnett fairgrounds last weekend for a gun show. The current national discussion of gun control and safety (due to the December shooting in Newtown, Connecticut) was obviously a reason.

However, it also appears to be easier to purchase a firearm in Georgia and other states at a gun show than through a traditional retailer. This is due to the so-called "gun show loophole."

-- Should the "gun show loophole" be closed? What are your thoughts on gun rights? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

It would even extend to someone selling a firearm at their private residence, not just a gun show, as gun rights advocates point out.

This situation is what President Obama was targeting when he recently came out with several gun-control proposals. The "universal background checks" would eliminate the so-called loophole, according to cnn.com.

And the situation will arise again soon in Gwinnett. A gun show is scheduled at the North Atlanta Trade Center in Norcross on Febuary 16-17, according to a website.

Also, the attached map/graphic shows that most states are like Georgia -- they do not require background checks at gun shows.

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Tony February 10, 2013 at 03:16 AM
There is no gun show loophole. The laws to buy and sell guns at a show are the same as everywhere else in the state. The ATF is present at shows ensuring that laws are followed.
Ben February 10, 2013 at 12:02 PM
I have been to some of the Gun Shows at Gwinnet & other sites in Georgia, I saw Gun buyers having to sign up, just like in a Gun Store, I saw no Differance
Paul L. Dragu February 10, 2013 at 02:42 PM
It's apparent that editors have caught the same bug of stupid that the President is passing around. Allow me to fill you in Patch; Those who wish to purchase a firearm from a gun show must either have a conceal carry permit- which signifies your background has been checked by both state and federal- or you must sit down while the dealer calls the FBI and gets you cleared to buy said weapon. I've been the guy who sits and waits every time I purchase a firearm- yes, even at a gun show- because I refuse to pay for a conceal-carry weapon.
Mike Smith February 10, 2013 at 06:49 PM
I am a fan of The Patch and use it to stay abreast of local events. However, I must admit I am disappointed with their lack of basic research on this issue - Makes me now question all the reports posted by them. I too have been required to wait at gun shows while the dealer runs my background check. It is PRIVATE sales that do not require a background check. This exclusion has nothing to do with being at a show. These rules are the same at a gun shows as anywhere else in Georgia. Hey Patch, get out of the media echo chamber and focus on accuracy for a while!
William Houston February 12, 2013 at 11:05 PM
Dear Editor and staff. Why don't you come in person to the gunshow this weekend and do some actual investigating, rather than relying on the Govt. "Spin Machine". Everyone purchasing gets checked for background. The only exceptions are individuals walking around with guns for sale, and they can be anywhere. not just at a Gunshow.
John Cook February 19, 2013 at 05:25 PM
In Great Britain, where guns have been banned for years, violent crime per 1000 people is one of the highest rates in the world. Banning guns did nothing to control violent crime. While we debate which guns to ban, they debate which kitchen knives to ban next. After President Reagan and Jim Brady were shot, the perpetrator was sent to a mental facility. Then instead of solving the real problem--our mental health crisis--the geniuses in Congress passed the Brady Bill. They didn't solve the problem, but they "did something." They pass knee-jerk legislation that distracts attention away from the real problems. (But they "did something." They proved they "care.") Meanwhile, the debt crisis continues, Social Security faces insolvency, and the Senate refuses to pass a budget. Don't worry about the real problems; let's pass another law, though. They hope that you are not intelligent enough to realize that their runaway spending will result in double digit inflation that will destroy your retirement savings with a hidden tax called inflation. Then you will be as dependent on government in your old age as the people who never saved a dime and have no pension.


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