White House cracks down on ‘gun show loophole’ with new rules

President Joe Biden’s administration announced new rules targeting unlicensed firearm dealers on Thursday in an attempt to close the “gun show loophole.”

The new regulations, a part of the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act, will require dealers to obtain a license and conduct background checks regardless of location. The White House also demanded action from Congress toward requiring universal background checks to complement the new guidelines.

“Today, my Administration is taking action to make sure fewer guns are sold without background checks,” Biden said in a statement. “This is going to keep guns out of the hands of domestic abusers and felons.”

“Congress needs to finish the job and pass universal background checks legislation now,” Biden said. 

Other stipulations include clarifying that even a single firearm transaction now requires dealers to be licensed if there is activity to suggest they will sell more. Previously, federal
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