News 2 Looks at gun background checks
BATON ROUGE - Background checks can work to keep guns out of the wrong people's hands, according to one licensed firearms seller.
News 2 went through the steps of background checks, considered very thorough by licensed dealer Jeffery Knight.
"I want people to have to fill out this paperwork. I want people to have to come to me to fill out the paperwork," Knight told News 2.
Knight manages the Bayou Pawn and Jewelry store, which also sells firearms. He says he's seen the checks flag people instantly for things as simple as a bench warrant for speeding tickets.
According to the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, 40 percent of gun sales have no background checks. The sales are done through gun shows, classified ads, or over the internet.
President Obama included universal background checks for all gun sales as part of his $500 million package to reduce gun violence in the U. S. But Knight said sees some issues when it comes to the mental health portion of the background checks.
"Can a person lie about that? Yeah. Is there a way to check it... I don't know. Should there be? Probably," he said.