A new report from USA Today says that background checks for gun sales miss ‘millions’ of fugitives from the law. That might lead you to think that those fugitives are buying guns when they shouldn’t be able to. But law enforcement types aren’t necessarily buying what the report was selling.
Danny Coulson is the former Assistant Deputy Director of the FBI, and told KTRH that what USA Today is saying just doesn't go along with what his experience was, and still is.
“I don’t think it’s much of an issue,” Coulson said to KTRH. “I have never heard the FBI talk about that. And in my private business I associate with the FBI regularly.”
The report said many police departments don't put the names of fugitives into the national database. Coulson doesn’t believe that’s really the case.
“I work with police every week. I don’t know about the veracity of that report, frankly,” Coulson stated.
So then what is really going on? Tom Gresham of Gun Talk Radio says the story is just a scare tactic by people who want tighter gun laws.
“They put this out there to frighten people,” Gresham said. You think fugitives can’t get guns already? This is a gun banner’s dream of how we can frighten people and make it harder for regular people to buy guns.”
Gresham says criminals don't normally buy guns legally anyway, so background checks wouldn't matter.
In the meantime Georgia Governor Nathan Deal signed a law allowing people to carry guns in places like schools bars and churches. Houston Congressman Sheila Jackson Lee has called the law a 'step in the wrong direction.'