INGHAM CO., Mich. (WLNS) – The issue of gun control is brought up after every mass shooting, and with it, questioning the process of background checks.
“The background check system seems to be working,” gun owner Kevin Marshall said. “I mean I’ve had to go through it a few times, my wife’s got a carry permit and she’s had to go through it too.”
“We call up ATF and the FBI. We run through the background check. If the background check comes clean, they tell us you may proceed with the sale,” Firearms Instructor and Range Safety Officer for Total Firearms Kevin Marshall said.
Firearms instructor George Motakis says nothing leaves the store without going through three types of paperwork.
“What’s happened is we’ve got a bad rap from the looney toons out there that are using them for wrong purposes,” Marshall said.
Gun owner Kevin Marshall says he’s for background checks, but it’s not always going to help.
“I don’t think you’re going to stop the nutcases out there, you know, you’re just going to end up like people that want to buy a weapon just are going to have to jump through hoops to get it,” Marshall said.
In the case of the so-called gun-show loophole, Motakis says if you go to a gun show as a private dealer to sell your own guns, “you do not have the authority to run a background check on them because you are not are not a licensed FFL dealer,” Motakis said.
Democrats including Senator Gary Peters are among politicians pushing for gun laws.
“We also need to expand background checks to make sure that we are doing everything that we can to keep weapons out of the hands of people who intend to do harm,” Peters said.
Michigan Lt. Governor Brian Calley called on legislators to work together.
“All of us Americans need to really hold them accountable to work together to find solutions to keep Americans safe,” Calley said.