NRA-ILA | Background Checks | NICS – Here’s the NRA info on background checks. The quick summary is that commercial sales already require a background check. There are no gun show or online purchase loopholes for commercial sales. Requiring background checks for private sales would likely do little good in preventing criminal shootings.

Federal law requires all firearm dealers to be licensed and to initiate a background check before transferring a firearm to a non-dealer,regardless of where the transfer takes place. Background checks for firearms have been conducted through the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) since November 1998.

Source: NRA-ILA | Background Checks | NICS

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