The Hill article When it comes to buying a firearm, buying from a gun store is a bit like buying a car, only more dangerous.
The Hill reported Friday that at least three states have passed new gun laws that allow a person to purchase guns without a state background check.
A state like Florida has made it illegal for a person who has a felony conviction or other criminal history to own a firearm.
The other states that have passed laws to allow guns to be bought without a permit or background check are Alabama, California, Connecticut, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Vermont, and Virginia.
The most dangerous of the laws is the “Stand Your Ground” law in Florida, which has allowed a person with a felony or other crime to legally own guns without needing to obtain a permit.
It also allows people with criminal records to own guns and has banned gun purchases by anyone convicted of domestic violence.
“You’re not going to get a permit, you’re not likely to get convicted, you can’t get a gun and you’re still going to have to go through all of the background checks and you still have to do all the training,” Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., told The Hill.
“That’s a lot more difficult.”
“Stand your ground” is a controversial law that has sparked mass protests in states across the country.
Rohrabachers legislation has faced criticism for allowing a person convicted of a crime to own firearms without a court order.
The legislation also allows the U.S. attorney general to enforce a person’s conviction, which could make it more difficult to get an arrest and prosecution.
“The bill was passed and signed into law because of a series of mass shootings and mass killings, including the shooting of police officers in Dallas, Texas,” Rohrabherbs spokesman Kevin Roberts said.
“Those mass shootings led to the passage of the Stand Your Ground law and to the current wave of mass killings in the United States.”
The Hill reports that at the same time, another new law was passed in Arizona that allows people to buy guns without having to go to a gun shop or a licensed dealer.
The Arizona bill allows people who have a felony record to buy weapons with the approval of the sheriff’s office.
“It’s a different approach, but they’re essentially similar laws, both with respect to the law enforcement and the state level,” Rohrbacher told The Daily Beast.
“They’re both in the same general category of people who are able to purchase a gun.”
In a phone interview, Rohrabas spokesperson Kevin Roberts acknowledged that the new gun law does not allow for a background search, but said the sheriffs office is following the law.
“If you are a licensed gun dealer, you are required to have a background and you are prohibited from purchasing a firearm that was registered to an illegal person, but the sheriff can do that as they see fit,” Roberts said, adding that the sheriff does not “have to” approve a firearm purchase.
“As far as the background check, it’s a matter for the sheriff.
It’s up to the sheriff to decide if it’s appropriate for him to allow for that to happen.”