- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 14, 2010

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly 80 survivors and family members of those killed by a student gunman at Virginia Tech are asking Congress to pass a federal law requiring background checks on all buyers at gun shows.

The U.S. House Judiciary Committee is hosting a forum on the legislation Wednesday.

Thirty-seven states do not require personal sellers at gun shows to perform the federal background checks that licensed dealers must provide.

The families say in a statement that requiring personal sellers to do the checks will “make it more difficult for dangerous people to obtain dangerous weapons.”

The student gunman who killed 32 people at Virginia Tech on April 16, 2007 legally obtained his firearms, but a panel that investigated the shootings suggested closing the so-called gun-show loophole.


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