On Monday, Hillary Clinton made a plea for definitive new limits on the availability and distribution of firearms. During a pair of town hall events in New Hampshire, she outlined four specific proposals--one of them putting her in direct contrast with Sen. Bernie Sanders.
She first promises to take administrative action if Congress fails to tighten the so-called gun show and Internet sales loopholes.
Under current law, licensed dealers are required to conduct background checks and certify that potential buyers are not prohibited from owning guns. But unlicensed vendors, including some individual sellers at gun shows, don’t have to go through these steps.
A Clinton aide said, “There are a number of studies being conducted currently regarding illegal gun sales that could inform an eventual rulemaking.”
Clinton's second proposal would close a gap in the current background check process that “allows a gun sale to proceed without a completed background check if that check is not complete within three days.” In addition, Clinton called for legislation that prohibits domestic abusers from buying and possessing firearms.
Lastly, Clinton wants a repeal of the legal immunity that gun manufacturers and dealers currently enjoy under a 2005 law called the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act.
This is something Sanders voted for while a member of the House of Representatives. Hillary voted against it when she was a senator representing New York.
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