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Currently, background checks are only required under federal law for sales conducted by licensed dealers. This lets criminals and other prohibited purchasers acquire guns — often from strangers met online or at gun shows — without a background check, no questions asked.
Fatal Gaps: How the Virginia Tech Shooting Prompted Changes in State Mental Health Records Reporting
In the wake of the mass shooting at Virginia Tech in 2007, lawmakers took action to close the fatal gaps in mental health records reporting that undermine the background check system and threaten the safety of Americans.