Background Checks

1 in 5 guns is sold without a background check.

Whereas some shooters legally obtain their weapons, many others obtain their guns illegally from a gun trafficker or straw purchaser, or through the internet or at a gun show where private sellers do not have to complete a Brady background check. A completed background check on every gun sold will help stop those convicted of gun crimes, assault, or domestic violence from being able to get firearms. While some states have expanded their background checks, approximately half of the population still lives in states without these common-sense laws. 

Over 90% of all Americans support expanding Brady background checks to all gun sales, yet Congress still hasn’t taken action. 

Below are bills that have been introduced in the House and Senate to help expand background checks. 

H.R. 4240 Public Safety and Second Amendment Rights Protection Act of 2017

Expands Brady background checks to cover commercial firearm sales at gun shows, over the internet, or in classified ads and reauthorizes funding to help states enter records into the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). Read more. 

S. 2009 Brady Background Check Expansion Act


Substantially closes the gun show, internet and other private sales loopholes. Read more.