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The Truth About The Gun Show ‘Loophole’

Hayden Daniel Deputy & Opinion Editor
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After nearly every mass shooting, left-leaning media pundits and Democratic politicians call for two things: expanded background checks for anyone who purchases a firearm, and the closure of the gun show loophole.

The merits of expanded background checks have been argued over countless hours by liberal and conservative thinkers, but the second proposal often receives little more than the obligatory mention in the debate over gun control. Liberals argue that gun shows present a dangerous opportunity for nefarious individuals to purchase weapons with which to carry out mass shootings without the safety of a background check.