Roof had a pending felony charge for drug possession, but because the FBI took more than three days to return his background check, the gun store was legally permitted to sell him a firearm. Now, Everytown for Gun Safety is taking to D.C.-based publications to show their support in enforcing new legislation that would close up the putative “Charleston Loophole.”
Everytown has over $100,000 to spend on the new ads, and the group has amassed a loyal following of more than 3 million members and nearly 40,000 donors.
Everytown plans to reach out to D.C-based publications like The Washington Post and POLITICO, as well as launching separate petitions to Congress and Cabela’s.
A multitude of bills have been written in the days following Charleston, most pertaining to background checks. Some have proposed changing the letter of the law to forbid the transfer of a firearm until the background check is complete, irrespective of how long that may take. While others have suggested that each firearm transfer be video recorded, and that data sent to local authorities to be used in the apprehension of criminals.
Everytown’s new ads are scheduled to be released by the end of the week.
(This article was a submission from freelance writer Brent Rogers)