White House finalizes rule on “gun show loophole” to fight gun crimes in the US

WINTERVILLE, N.C. (WITN) – The Biden-Harris Administration announced on Thursday the Safer Communities Act, which means thousands more firearms dealers will have to run background checks on buyers when selling at gun shows or other places outside brick-and-mortar stores.

Josh Richardson, Chief Operating Officer of Carolina Caliber in Winterville, says that’s a standard process with his customers and should be easy for others.

“You’ll need a photo ID and it takes about 5 minutes to fill out a government form or what’s called a 4473 then we call in or electronically submit that information to the FBI,” says Richardson.

The Department of Justice estimates that there are more than 20,000 unlicensed individuals who are selling firearms through online advertisements, gun shows and other means.

White House Senior Advisor, Rob Wilcox says the new rule will have a major impact on illegal gun sales across the nation.

“What we know is those sales, those unlicensed dealer sales are the number one gun trafficking sale in this country,” says Wilcox.

Officials say there are more than 80,000 licensed gun dealers in America.

Richardson says he agrees with the new rule because it will encourage potential customers to shop at legitimate businesses.

“If by individuals who engaged in the business of selling firearms don’t have to do that, we have to compete against. So, from that standpoint we are in favor of this,” says Richardson.