Senate proposal could force changes to Indiana gun shows

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Two U.S. Senators unveiled a compromise on gun control Wednesday, largely targeting gun shows and a potential tightening of background check requirements.

Right now, any private citizen can sell their own guns at a show without conducting a background check. The law only requires that the seller have no suspicions that a buyer cannot legally purchase the gun.

“Folks can walk up to (a seller), negotiate a price and purchase that gun,” attorney and gun safety expert Guy Relford said.

The new proposal would require that type of transaction to happen with a dealer who could perform a background check at the point of sale.

Other changes in the proposal include a provision that would allow buyers to present a concealed carry permit instead of getting a new background check, allow active military to buy guns in their home states and create a commission to study mass violence.

“Does it solve everything? Absolutely not, but it makes it more difficult,” local gun control advocate Nicki McNally said.

McNally and her group, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, continue to push for stricter laws like universal background checks and bans on assault weapons. Those are getting a lot of pushback in Washington, though.

This new proposal would also have to make it through Congress before gun show requirements in Indiana would change.

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