A bi-partisan proposal to be debated in the U.S. Senate Thursday calls for universal background checks on gun purchases, but local gun dealers say those background checks are already happening.
The Senate is expected to debate the most sweeping piece of gun control legislation considered by congress in years. The bi-partisian proposal asks for "universal" background checks any time a weapon changes hands including gun shows.
The deal reached by Sens. Joe Manchin, D-West Virginia, and Pat Toomey, R-Pennsylvania, comes in the way of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary earlier this year, but here in Spokane, Sharp Shooting Indoor Range owner Robin Ball said those background checks are already happening.
In fact, most customers, who buy weapons at the gun shows that periodically set up shop at the Spokane Interstate Fairgrounds, don't get their guns right away. Many of their purchases are forwarded to Sharp Shooting, where her staff holds the guns until the new owners pass a background check.
"We have to see them, they fill out the forms and then we run the background checks so we frequently do transfers for people at the gun shows, background checks are done in that case," she said.
The same is true of guns sold on the internet, which leaves Ball wondering if the gun control compromise being considered by the Senate tomorrow really improves gun safety.
"I don't think it's going to be effective in any regard for the goal of stopping gun violence," she said.