Durbin and 23 other senators push for the president to take executive action to help reduce gun violence
U.S. Sen. Durbin (D-IL) recently joined a group of 23 other senators, strongly urging the president to reduce gun violence via executive action.
The senators drafted a letter to the President, pushing for him to close a legal loophole in gun sales. This loophole currently allows individuals without federal licenses to conduct large volumes of sun sales at shows and online — all without background checks.
“We stand with you determined to take action to reduce the terrible epidemic of gun violence plaguing this nation. All across the country, communities are ravaged and lives are senselessly cut short by gun violence. Following yet another horrific mass shooting in Roseburg, Oregon, it is unthinkable that our country can continue to turn a blind eye to these tragedies,” the senators wrote. “We urge you to address an aspect of the high-volume gun seller loophole that allows guns to be sold without a background check by eliminating the ambiguity surrounding the term ‘engaged in the business’ as it pertains to federally licensed firearms dealers.”
The chair of the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, U.S. Rep. Mike Thompson (D-CA) today drafted a similar letter that has been signed by 114 other house members.