A bipartisan group of senators is reportedly making progress on a deal for universal background checks, which could include a way of closing the gun show loophole.
Sens. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and Mark Kirk, R-Ill., who are both “F”-rated by the NRA, and Sens. Joe Manchin, D-W. Va., and Tom Coburn, R-Okla., who are both “A”-rated by the NRA, have been quietly working on a compromise.
CNN is told the legislation they are working on would effectively require background checks on private gun purchases made with non-licensed gun dealers, according to sources in both parties. That would include closing the so-called gun show loophole.
However, the sources emphasize they are trying to work through this sticky issue so that Republicans, especially Coburn, are comfortable that it would address privacy concerns of gun owners, and would have clear exemptions for situations where a background check should not be needed. The most common example of that scenario is a grandfather or uncle giving guns they already own to a grandson or nephew.