Why Gun Owners Should Support Background Checks

"Every day that background checks are used, they stop more than 170 felons, some 50 domestic abusers and nearly 20 fugitives from buying a gun. However, those same criminals can currently buy identical guns at a gun show or over the Internet with no questions asked."

Here, read Rep. Mike Thompson's piece on why gun owners should support the new background check bill and why background checks are paramount to protecting the Second Amendment.

Last year, 260 House representatives voted to fund the background check system, including 76 Republicans. If they can vote to fund it, they should also vote to better implement it.