Lethal Loopholes; Deficiencies in State and Federal Gun Purchase Laws: Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Domestic Policy of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, House of Representatives, One Hundred Tenth Congress, First Session, May 10, 2007   [open pdf - 7MB]

From the opening statement of Dennis Kucinich: "This hearing will focus on lethal loopholes and deficiencies in laws designed to prevent high-risk individuals from buying firearms. There are other important reasons why America has such a high rate of gun violence -- gang activity, inadequate provision of mental health services, and cultural attitudes toward violence. But those are issues for another day. There are many federal and state laws that have been on the books--- some for decades- aimed at preventing certain categories of people from purchasing guns. The problem is that they do not function properly or are not properly enforced. In 1968 when Congress passed the Gun Control Act, it made a judgment that certain categories of individuals- termed 'prohibited persons'- should not be allowed to purchase or possess handguns or long guns because of the high risk that they would later use these firearms to commit crimes. Prohibited persons included convicted felons, illegal aliens, and individuals with serious mental health issues. The problem was that it was difficult to determine which individuals fell into these categories when they walked into a gun dealer to buy a gun." Statement, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Rachel L. Brand, Susan B. Sorenson, Robyn Thomas, Dan Burton, Elijah E. Cummings, Danny K. Davis, John Feinblatt, Paul Helmke, Ronald S. Honberg, and Daniel W. Webster.

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