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Could new background check laws change how you buy a gun? Chris Cuomo tests out the current system


Washington (CNN) - A central part of the gun legislation Congress is expected to take up this week is the idea of expanded background checks on gun purchases. But few Americans understand how background checks actually work.

Leaders from both sides of the aisle - and an overwhelming number of Americans in national opinion polls - support expanded background checks before the purchase of guns. But when it comes to specifics, the divide shows.

Meanwhile, some congressional Democrats are pushing not only for expanded background checks, but also for broadening the requirement for records of sale transactions.

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For some Republicans and gun rights activists, the idea of any type of national gun registry is a deal-breaker.

This morning on "Starting Point," CNN's Chris Cuomo goes to a store to buy a gun to see firsthand how the background check process works now, and how new background check laws could change the process in the future.

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Filed under: Background checks • Gun control
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  1. Minnie Mouse

    The only thing that can make a drastic change in our background checking system is to be doing them in person, and not over the inter-net. Background checks in all locations that sell weapons and ammunition in public. Via the itner-net you have no clue who you are really selling to, the persons real name, address or age due to all the impersonations that go on via the inter-net. With the said, we should not be selling weapons and ammunition online period, because we do not know if we are selling to people who are under the age limit, a terrorist, a sane or insane person.

    If you are really wanting to help reduce the gun violence, it would help if the Politicans and the NRA would all get on the same system and start agreeing and realizing that something has to be done and needs to be far beyond background checks. How many more innocent people have to die in our country?? These people do not deserve it, at all!! Now children!

    Change the system beyond background checks by creating a new purchasing and distribution system. Every person who buys a gun needs a background check, ID, fingerprinted and all guns to be registered. If you do this, than any person cannot just walk into a place to purchase ammunition. If you do not have a gun registered in your name, you will not be able to purchase any ammunition.

    All ammunition needs to be distributed and determined by the gun type and what the purchase of the gun was intended for, as well as how often you can make a purchase.

    As a country,the least you can do is agree that purchasers backgrounds need to be checked out but I have no doubt we can do alot better because gun violence is everywhere. I live in a town of barely over a 1,000 and we had a shooting.

    Background checks are the start of making a difference but keep moving forward.

    May 14, 2013 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse | Reply

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