Guns Now Easier to Obtain

1 decade 5 months 5 days ago Wednesday, July 11 2007 Jul 11, 2007 Wednesday, July 11, 2007 5:43:35 PM CDT July 11, 2007 in News

A new law that starts August 28th, will allow gun buyers to walk out of a store with a gun after only about two or three minutes. It ends a sheriff screening process, and only requires a national instant criminal history check.

Some have their doubts about the new policy.

"That check is not nearly as comprehensive as what sheriff's departments - or at least the Boone County sheriff's department - has conducted," said Major Tom Reddin of the Boone County Sheriff's Department.

Currently, a person buying a handgun must go to the local sheriff's office and request a permit, a process that takes seven working days and costs $10.

Supporters say that requiring a new permit for every weapons purchase is unnecessary for gun collectors, and that the new law will help.

"It would help people from out of town that see something they would like to add to their collection and don't have a permit with them," Carl Armontrout said. "They don't have to come back."

But opponents say this element makes it easier for illegal traffickers to do business.

"If you need a gun in a hurry, there may be something that you're up to that the rest of us should be aware of," said Peter Hamm, Communications Director of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.

The bill passed by an overwhelming margin during this year's legislative session, and local opponents are difficult to find.

"By and large, the people buying handguns are law-abiding citizens," Major Reddin said.

The new law means the sheriff's department will no longer have to process about 1,800 to 2,000 permit applications each year.

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