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New Rule Requires Background Checks for Gun Sales, Closing ‘Gun Show Loophole’

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The Justice Department unveiled a pivotal rule aiming to tighten regulations on gun sales, closing what’s often referred to as the ‘gun show loophole.’ Effective 30 days after submission, the rule mandates background checks for all gun transactions, extending beyond traditional gun stores to include flea markets, social media platforms, and gun shows.

Attorney General Merrick Garland emphasized the life-saving potential of the measure, stating, “If you sell guns predominantly to earn a profit, you must be licensed, and you must conduct background checks.” This clarification broadens the definition of who is “engaged in the business” of selling firearms.

The initiative aims to regulate approximately 23,000 unlicensed dealers, potentially impacting tens of thousands of annual gun sales. Moreover, it enhances tracing efforts of firearms involved in criminal activities, including mass shootings.

A senior White House official, speaking anonymously, expressed confidence in the rule’s resilience against potential legal challenges, signaling a firm commitment to its implementation.