WASHINGTON – The White House has announced it will close two gun sales loopholes by requiring background checks for gun purchases by corporations and trusts and banning almost all re-imports of military surplus firearms to private entities.
One measure would close a loophole under which felons, those convicted of domestic violence and others banned from having guns can evade required background checks by registering the gun to a trust or corporation. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives received more than such 39,000 requests last year.
The other measure will end a government practice that allowed military weapons sold or donated to allies by the federal government to be brought back into the United States by private groups. Under the new policy, only museums and a few other groups, such as the government, will be allowed to re-import such weapons.