Gun shop owner and gun safety activist react to gun safety bill

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KBSI) – Last week President Biden signed the bipartisan gun safety bill. While some are happy about this, many questions are now being asked about what the bill actually does. 

Liberty Teeth Armory owner Griffan Reutzel says that he isn’t against the bill, but it raises questions on how it will help with background checks. 

“I’m definitely for the background checks as I think most gun dealers are. None of us want to see a firearm in the wrong hands,” said Reutzel. 

If Reutzel has not received confirmation from the government about the background check, he is given a transfer date that will allow him to sell that firearm to the person looking to buy it with or without approval on their background check.  

“They go through it. If it comes back usually within a few minutes we’ll get to proceed or delayed and at that point. If they are delayed, they will go. They will leave. The firearm stays at the dealer until the background check comes through as a precedent deny or whatever the answer is,” said Reutzel. 

Moms Demands Action volunteer Leslie Washington says this bill is needed to potentially fix these issues but it also comes a bit late. 

“Yes, I’m glad that Biden signed this protection order this bipartisan law,” Washington said. “I’m glad he did that. It’s about time, but it shouldn’t have taken him for shootings to happen in Uvalde and in Buffalo, New York and other places for him to finally make this decision to put this bill into action.” 

In addition to increasing background checks on 18 to 21-year-olds, it also closes the boyfriend loophole which means dating partners convicted of abuse will no longer be able to purchase firearms. 

Washington is a survivor of abuse and believes this change was needed, but a late change as well. 

“You know ,I didn’t have access to that loophole when I was assaulted by my ex-husband 10 years ago. You know so it’s important that that is in place. But it should have also been in place a long time ago as well,” said Washington.

The overall goal from both sides is safety for all. 

“I think anyone who you talked to that would be a gun owner would argue with that the goal is safety after that it’s fun to shoot,” said Reutzel.

Missouri is one of four states where online retailers are being sued for selling ghost gun components in the state of New York.

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