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Can Gun Control Work?$
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James B. Jacobs

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780195176582

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195176582.001.0001

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Closing the Gun Show and Secondary Market Loophole

Closing the Gun Show and Secondary Market Loophole

(p.124) (p.125) 8 Closing the Gun Show and Secondary Market Loophole
Can Gun Control Work?

James B. Jacobs

Oxford University Press

This chapter considers the feasibility of perfecting the FFA-GCA-Brady Law regime by extending the background check and waiting period requirement to sales at gun shows and ultimately to all secondary sales. In particular, it focuses on the proposed Gun Show Accountability Act (GSAA) that proponents put forward as a plan for “closing the gun show loophole”. Subjecting all firearms purchasers at gun shows to a background check ought to be a step foward regardless of whether the seller has a license and a place of business. But the logistics of implementing and enforcing a universal background check for all firearms purchasers are daunting. At a minimum, it would require a comprehensive gun registration program.

Keywords:   gun show sales, Brady Law, background check, gun show loophole, Gun Show Accountability Act, secondary market

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