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Since 1994, background checks have blocked more than 3 million sales to prohibited users, but federal gun laws exempt unlicensed firearm sellers.
In states that require background checks on all handgun sales, 47% fewer women are killed by intimate partners, 47% fewer people attempt suicide with a gun, and 53% fewer law enforcement officers are killed with a gun.
Expanding background checks to private and online sales is critical to reducing gun violence.
For example, "in 2012, a gunman killed three people, including his wife, and injured four others at a spa in Wisconsin, after buying a gun through a private seller he found online. The shooter was prohibited from purchasing guns due to an active domestic violence restraining order against him, but was able to buy the gun anyway because the seller was not required to run a background check."
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To keep guns out of the hands of dangerous persons with a history of violence,
and those with an active domestic violence restraining order against them,
we should require a background check for every gun sale.