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Senate strikes down tougher gun background checks



MT. ZION -- The U.S. Senate striking down tougher background checks was a big blow for President Obama's gun control measures.

It's already federal law for any gun dealer to run a background check on every buyer, but Jerry's Sports owner, Jerry Bates, thinks lawmakers should crack down on private sales to criminals.

"Somehow we've got to stop the guns that fall through the cracks," Bates said.

He keeps record of every gun transaction in the store.  After 30 years in business, Bates said he has been contacted around 20 times about a gun traced back to crimes committed by someone he didn't sell to.

"[Anyone] can walk right out here on the street and sell [a gun] to a drug dealer," Bates said. "There's nothing you can do about it."

He believes the current background check system works for the honest buyers.

Outside of the background check argument, other local dealers still think lawmakers should focus on gun buyers' mental health records.


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