Congress needs to update the background check system for purchasing a firearm.

The background check system works and has stopped over 3.5 million illegal gun sales in the last 20 years.

But under the current law, half of Americans live in states where a convicted felon, domestic abuser, or fugitive can purchase a gun through an unlicensed seller at a gun show or online — and, in fact, research shows that just one online firearms marketplace had over 1 million ads for firearm sales posted by unlicensed sellers in states where no background check was required.

Updating our background check system to close this dangerous loophole is critical for public safety. States that have closed the loophole are seeing results.

I hope you will stand with 94% of Americans and support background checks on all gun sales.

Daniel Schuetz, Normal

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