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Carson Explains Stance on Background Check Act, "Assault Weapons" Ban

The Democrat from Indianapolis says he believes in the Second Amendment, but also in keeping guns away from criminals.

WASHINGTON, D.C.--A ban on "assault weapons" is one of the goals of some Democrats in the U.S. House, said Rep. Andre Carson (D). He said in a message on Twitter, he believes Congress is taking steps to help stop gun violence.

"This week Congress took action to tackle gun violence," said Carson, after talking about the one-year anniversary of the Parkland (Florida) shooting. "The House Judiciary passed a bi-partisan background checks act, and the House Democrats will reintroduce the assault weapons ban."

LINK: Explanation of the Background Check Act

The Background Checks Act requires a background check on all gun sales, even those at gun shows and between two private individuals. 

The bill also provides a number of exemptions to this requirement, including gifts to family members and transfers for hunting, target shooting, and self-defense," said an explanation of the bill on the House Judiciary website.

The Background Check Act also closes the 'Charleston loophole', if it passes both the House and the Senate and becomes law.

Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-New York), explained the ‘Charleston loophole,’ as "a shortcoming in the current law that enables some firearms to be transferred by licensed gun dealers before the required background checks have been completed, which was the case in the tragic hate-crime shooting that took place in 2015 at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina."

Nadler is the chairman of the Judiciary Committee.

"Both will help keep guns out of the hands of people who could use them to harm others," said Carson.

The Act does not address the sale of black market guns, which are already illegal and supply criminals with firearms.

"As a former police officer, I understand the importance of the Second Amendment. But, I also undertand the serious threat gun violence poses to our communities," said Carson. "We can and we must have safeguards that help save lives. This week we made progress on that goal and we plan to keep it going."

PHOTO: Andre Carson on Twitter

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