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Sen. Durbin: Close Gun Show Loopholes

Sen. Durbin: Close Gun Show Loopholes
Sen. Dick Durbin (Nam Y. Huh/AP)

By    |   Wednesday, 08 November 2017 02:58 PM

Closing loopholes for those who buy firearms at gun shows and making tougher laws for straw purchasers are two steps that can be taken to reduce gun violence, Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin told MSNBC on Wednesday.

Illinois has tough background checks, but "We're next to Indiana and if you go to a gun show in Indiana, you can purchase a gun without a background check. And so that's what's happening. The drug gangs and these thugs are filling up the trunks of their car and heading into the neighborhoods of Chicago," resulting in nearly 600 gun-related deaths in the city so far this year.

The senator also stressed that laws against straw purchasers, "the girlfriend with no criminal record who buys the gun for the boyfriend who is a convicted felon," must be made tougher so that it is worth enforcing, which currently it is not.

When asked about the idea of requiring high insurance costs for those want to buy a firearm as a means of dramatically reducing the number of firearms purchased, Durbin said "it is a step way beyond our current conversation."

However, the senator did say "that when you look at the polls and find that the overwhelming majority of gun owners in this country support comprehensive background checks, then you know you have an issue within the realm of political reality."

Durbin said he hopes that soon there can be a constructive conversation with responsible gun owners who want to ensure their Second Amendment rights but who also don't want these mass shootings occurring every other week and are ready to do something about it that is sensible.

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Closing loopholes for those who buy firearms at gun shows and making tougher laws for straw purchasers are two steps that can be taken to reduce gun violence, Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin told MSNBC on Wednesday.
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