Push for universal background checks for gun sales - KSWO, Lawton, OK- Wichita Falls, TX: News, Weather, Sports. ABC, 24/7, Telemundo -

Push for universal background checks for gun sales

Amarillo, Texas - There may be a change in background check requirements for gun sales.

VoteVets.org is one of the country's largest veterans groups. They currently are seeking signatures for their petition supporting universal background checks for gun sales.

The group says everyone who volunteers for the military must pass a background check before entering the service and handling a weapon, so all civilians should also meet that requirement. Background checks are not required in private sales of guns or often times at gun shows. Military background checks are also more thorough.

We asked local dealers if they thought background check requirements should be stricter.

"You know, I don't. I think it works for itself. It's not a problem. Usually when there's crimes that are being committed these are guns that weren't legally purchased by those people. You look at Chicago for one. I mean they have the highest crime rate in the United States and they have the strictest gun laws. I mean that kind of speaks for itself," David Erwin, owner of Erwin Pawn Inc. says.

The military has access to all records no matter if they are sealed or expunged, unlike what would come up from an FBI check.

The U.S. Senate is expected to vote on this issue in less than two weeks.

ADVERTISEMENT
Bookmark and Share
  • Local NewsNewsMore>>

  • Budget office: GOP health bill adds 22 million uninsured

    Budget office: GOP health bill adds 22 million uninsured

    Thursday, July 20 2017 4:08 AM EDT2017-07-20 08:08:06 GMT
    Thursday, July 20 2017 2:38 PM EDT2017-07-20 18:38:19 GMT

    Republican senators are hunkering down for a last-ditch attempt to prevent their own divisions from pushing their health care bill to oblivion.

    Republican senators are hunkering down for a last-ditch attempt to prevent their own divisions from pushing their health care bill to oblivion.

  • Sessions staying as attorney general despite Trump rebuke

    Sessions staying as attorney general despite Trump rebuke

    Thursday, July 20 2017 3:37 AM EDT2017-07-20 07:37:58 GMT
    Thursday, July 20 2017 2:39 PM EDT2017-07-20 18:39:06 GMT

    Two Trump advisers acknowledged that the president's public comments largely reflected what they have heard him say about Sessions privately.

    Two Trump advisers acknowledged that the president's public comments largely reflected what they have heard him say about Sessions privately.

  • LIVE: Parole board begins final deliberations in O.J. Simpson hearing

    LIVE: Parole board begins final deliberations in O.J. Simpson hearing

    Wednesday, July 19 2017 6:45 PM EDT2017-07-19 22:45:43 GMT
    Thursday, July 20 2017 2:36 PM EDT2017-07-20 18:36:17 GMT
    O.J. Simpson listens to his Nevada parole hearing. (Source: CNN)O.J. Simpson listens to his Nevada parole hearing. (Source: CNN)

    If the hearing goes in his favor, Simpson could leave prison on Oct. 1. 

    If the hearing goes in his favor, Simpson could leave prison on Oct. 1. 

Powered by Frankly