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The Democratic-led House adopted a new law on Thursday to extend federal arms control legislation. The bill provides the FBI with more time for background checks on arms purchasers. One day after the chamber has adopted a bill that extends the controls on the sale of private firearms.
Both measures have a high chance of becoming legal.
The latest bill would extend time traders you have to wait for the gun to sell. Similar to Wednesday's action, largely along line lines – 228 – 198.
The Thursday bill aims to close the so-called "Charleston loophole", which allowed a recognized white supremacist to buy a pistol that killed 9 churches in Mother Emanuel's mother in Charleston. S.C., 2015.
Currently, a dealer needs to wait for three dealers for federal investigators to perform background checks. Most controls are quick, but incomplete data can sometimes cause a delayed response. If the delay lasts for more than three business days, the sale of weapons may advance.
The 2019 Enhanced Background Control Act extends the background check period to ten days.
Critics of the current system say that the Charleston shooter would have blocked the gun if the investigators had more time to dig into their record and discovered their drug arrest.
But the arms law groups point out that the shooter had two months before committing a crime. They say it was more than enough time for the authorities to complete the inspection and order the confiscation of their newly purchased weapon.
An internal FBI review and a federal court judge criticized the background inspectors for not following their investigations.
As NPR announced in 2017, the shooter was convicted and sentenced to death.
James Clyburn, D-S.C., Spoke before Clementa Pinckney's widow and daughters, the victims of the 2015 massacre, sitting in the house chambers before the House was whipping.
He added that the authorities had discovered that the shooter was not entitled to be "too late" for the fire.
"As a result, poor souls have lost their lives," Clyburn said. – Give the FBI enough time for the authorities to do their job.
Most houses Republican did not support the law, including Doug Collins, R-Ga.
He said that the waiting time for getting a gun could increase the number of victims of abuse or people who want to protect their families more.
"This bill empowers abusers and violent predators to make victims more vulnerable," Collins said. "It won't do anything to make our community safer, but it makes it difficult for law-abiding citizens to exercise their second right to change."
The amendment allowing federal background inspectors to access a larger criminal database called the National Data Exchange did not receive sufficient support and was withdrawn. Supporters of ideas say they would fill the information gaps in the national emergency criminal background control system or in the NICS.
Neither the Thursday bill nor the law adopted on Wednesday for the 2019 bilateral background check is expected to provide much support for the Republican-led Senate.
The White House indicated that it would veto the bill at the unlikely event or get to Trump's desk.