Gun store owners voice support for background check deal

Gun store owners voice support for background check deal

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"It depends whether the promoters go by the law or not is the bottom line. I don't see how they're going to stop one individual selling his gun to another," said Robert White, the owner of WD Sporting Goods. "It depends whether the promoters go by the law or not is the bottom line. I don't see how they're going to stop one individual selling his gun to another," said Robert White, the owner of WD Sporting Goods.
"I use Armslist because it's a quick, easy sale. I don't have to sit around and wait for the background check," said Anthony Smith, a Knoxville resident. "I use Armslist because it's a quick, easy sale. I don't have to sit around and wait for the background check," said Anthony Smith, a Knoxville resident.

By MIKE KRAFCIK
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Two U.S. senators announced a big breakthrough Wednesday on the issue of gun control.

The lawmakers reached a bipartisan agreement on new restrictions, which they hope will keep guns from falling into the wrong hands.  

The deal would close the so-called "gun show loophole." 

The agreement to expand background checks is one that Steven Bowman of Crossroads Firearms in North Knoxville says could help keep weapons out of the hands of those who shouldn't have them.

"Overall, it's probably good; it's keeping people from just going to the gun show. We'll have people who get denied here, and they'll just walk out the door, and I can hear them say, 'We'll just go to the gun show,'" Bowman said.

People who purchase guns at gun shows and over the internet would be subject to background checks if the law passed.

Anthony Smith has avoided background checks because he's bought several guns from a web site called armslist.com, one of the largest online gun sites.

"I use Armslist because it's a quick, easy sale. I don't have to sit around and wait for the background check," said Anthony Smith, a Knoxville resident.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation anticipates processing more background checks if the deal goes through.

In an average month, TBI processes between 20,000 to 30,000 background checks. In December 2012, the agency handled 82,937.  

The bureau anticipates being able to handle a larger volume of background checks. 

"The only thing we might have to change is our staffing model a little bit, as far as adding another individual to work in that unit, or expand the hours that people there work," said Kristin Helm, a TBI spokesperson.

TBI also expects an increase in the amount of federal firearms licenses.

Currently there are 1,392 license holders statewide.  

Robert White, the owner of WD Sporting Goods also used to sell at gun shows, but he questions how effectively authorities can enforce background checks. 

"It depends whether the promoters go by the law or not is the bottom line. I don't see how they're going to stop one individual selling his gun to another," said White. 

The legislation would not require background checks for selling a gun to family or close friends.

Senate Democrats have promised to call for a vote on the measure on Thursday.

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