Criminal Background Checks

In Wisconsin, federally licensed dealers are required to conduct a background check on all firearm sales, but private sellers are not. This private sale loophole allows just about anyone to sell a gun with no background check, no identification, and no questions asked.

WAVE favors legislation that would extend the current background check system to all gun transactions.

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Updates and Events

Facebook has announced that pressure from gun control groups and the New York attorney general has convinced the company to crack down on users who use social media to sell guns illegally.

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Another push for background checks on gun sales

By: Jackie Johnson, Wisconsin Radio Network

Activists push for universal...

After background checks were scrapped in Missouri

From: MSNBC By: Steve Benen

In recent years, advocates of gun reforms have pushed for...

Research

A report from researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, The Case for Gun...

An investigation of online private gun sales found that 62% of sellers were willing to sell guns to people who said they couldn’t pass a criminal background check....

A survey conducted by Frank Luntz shows that 86% of gun owners feel we can do more to stop criminals from getting guns while also protecting the rights of citizens to freely own them, 85% support...