Smith & Wesson handguns on display at the Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade Show in Las Vegas, Jan. 19, 2016. (AP Photo/John Locher)
As the U.S. Senate moves closer to crafting and approving a bipartisan bill that would fund states that establish red flag laws, Louisiana’s governor said he believes the state can go one better.
Red flag laws allow courts and police to temporarily take firearms from someone deemed a threat to themselves or others. Gov. John Bel Edwards said Monday he would like to see background checks prevent high-risk gun purchases altogether.
“You hear it all the time that guns don’t kill people, people kill people,” Edwards told reporters after speaking engagement in Harvey. “Well, that means that the wrong people shouldn’t have guns, and you figure out who the wrong people are on the front end with a background check.”
Gun dealers who hold federal licenses are required to conduct a criminal background check before selling a weapon. It screens potential buyers for a history of criminal activity – including domestic violence – drug use and mental health issues.
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