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    How does the president plan to close the gun show loophole?

    enApril 11, 2024

    Podcast Summary

    • New gun control law requires background checks for all gun salesPresident Biden signed a law for universal background checks, a significant step towards gun control, but it may not be a definitive solution to gun violence.

      President Biden has recently signed new restrictions into law aimed at closing the gun show loophole, requiring background checks for all gun sales, regardless of where they take place – be it in-store, online, or at gun shows. This move comes after decades of efforts to implement universal background checks, following high-profile shootings like Columbine and Sandy Hook. The new law represents a significant step forward in gun control legislation, but it may not be a definitive solution to the ongoing issue of gun violence in the US. As Stephanie Feldman, White House Director of the Office of Gun Violence Prevention, noted, this issue is complex and may require continued efforts from future administrations. The groundwork laid out by this legislation provides a foundation for potential further progress in the future.

    • Unprecedented actions taken by President Biden to address gun supplyPresident Biden's actions include making unlicensed dealers licensed, signing anti-trafficking law, issuing final rule on ghost guns, and installing new leader at ATF with zero-tolerance policy. Background checks, in place since late 90s, have prevented 3 million prohibited individuals from purchasing firearms.

      President Biden has taken unprecedented actions to address the supply of firearms into communities, including making unlicensed dealers licensed, signing the first anti-trafficking law, issuing a final rule on ghost guns, and installing a new leader at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms with a zero-tolerance policy for rogue dealers. Background checks, which have been in place since the late 90s, have kept guns out of the hands of over 3 million individuals who are prohibited from purchasing firearms under federal law, including domestic abusers, felons, and those who have been involuntarily committed to mental institutions. Background checks have proven effective in preventing criminals from obtaining weapons, as seen in cases like Columbine and the shooting in Odessa, Texas. These actions mark historic progress in the effort to reduce gun violence, with effects that will be felt for decades to come.

    • Unlicensed firearm dealers contribute to gun violenceThe White House establishes an office to address all forms of gun violence, focusing on prevention, root causes, interventions, and trauma response.

      Unlicensed firearm dealers are a significant source of guns used in crimes across the country, highlighting the importance of background checks. President Biden's administration is taking action to reduce gun violence by establishing the White House Office of Gun Violence Prevention and appointing Vice President Harris to oversee it. This office focuses on all forms of gun violence, including community violence, suicide, and accidental shootings. Their approach includes violence prevention, addressing the root causes of violence, investing in community violence interventions, and helping communities deal with the trauma resulting from gun violence. By having a single team dedicated to gun violence prevention, the administration aims to accelerate progress in this area.

    • White House Pursues Gun Violence Prevention MeasuresThe White House is pushing for background checks to prevent gun violence, with strong public support, while respecting Second Amendment rights.

      The White House is committed to implementing gun violence prevention measures, specifically background checks, to keep communities safe. This action is not about infringing on Second Amendment rights, but rather keeping guns out of dangerous individuals' hands. The vast majority of Americans, including gun owners, support this common-sense step. Despite potential opposition, the administration is driven by the passion and determination of gun violence prevention advocates who have personally experienced the devastating effects of gun violence. The administration is also addressing bipartisan issues in this area, recognizing the need for collaboration to make meaningful progress. The public's vocal support for universal background checks, demonstrated by over 300,000 comments during the public comment process, underscores the urgency and necessity of this action.

    • Encouraging safe storage and extreme risk protection ordersThe Biden administration is collaborating with Republicans to implement common-sense measures, such as promoting firearm safety and implementing extreme risk protection orders, to prevent gun harm and build consensus for more controversial gun safety measures

      Despite the political divisions surrounding gun violence in Washington, there is widespread agreement on certain common-sense measures to prevent gun-related harm. The Biden administration is working with Republicans at the state and local level to implement the Safer Communities Act, which includes encouraging safe storage of firearms and implementing extreme risk protection orders. These measures, which have bipartisan support, can help reduce both crime and suicide by firearm. The administration aims to find common ground on these issues and build upon them with more controversial measures, such as an assault weapons ban, as public opinion evolves. Stephanie Feldman, the Director of the Office of Gun Violence Prevention at the White House, emphasized the importance of starting the conversation on gun safety with agreed-upon steps and gradually building consensus on more contentious issues.

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