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Industry lobbyists jockeying as gun control bill promises to have winners, losers

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If Congress mandates background checks on all gun sales, this will affect where and how guns are sold and bought. Depending on the details of legislation, some businesses will win and some will lose — and (setting aside the debate over public safety) consumers will lose to varying degrees.

The Washington Times’ David Sherfinski explores the questions at hand. I suggest you read the whole article, but here are some excerpts:

The deal senators have struck to expand firearm background checks to all Internet and gun show sales will drive up prices for consumers, weapons retailers say.

Manufacturers say the deal, which is the crux of the gun bill that senators will begin debating this week, also includes language that gives background checks for sales at gun shows priority over in-store purchases — something their top trade group says is unfair. …

“You’re going to have a lot more people paying a lot more money,” said Andrew Molchan, director of the Florida-based Professional Gun Retailers Association Inc.

If background checks are required for all sales, he said, federal licensees could effectively corner the market, set their own transaction fees and pass the costs on to consumers. …

One complication is that the Toomey-Manchin deal specifically directs the FBI to complete an instant background check request from a gun show before finishing any pending check elsewhere.

“Why is the Second Amendment right of a buyer at a gun show superior to that of a paying customer of a gun shop?” said Lawrence Keane, senior vice president and general counsel for the National Shooting Sports Foundation, the trade group for gun and ammunition manufacturers. “Prioritizing gun show checks would delay checks for gun shop owners all across America on the busiest sales days of the week.”

But again, you ought to read the entire article.

 

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