Mary Wolfe says Obama’s gun order won’t have great effect

Mary Wolfe says Obama’s gun order won’t have great effect

While tighter gun restrictions are underway nationwide, Iowa citizens shouldn’t see much of an influence when it comes to buying weapons.

State Rep. Mary Wolfe, D-Clinton, said the gun rules that President Obama plans to implement are going to re-define who can sell firearms.

Wolfe said this will require private sellers to require background checks on those buying guns.

“It might have a big impact on those Iowans who are not presently federally licensed firearm dealers, but who sell a lot of guns at gun shows or on the internet,” Wolfe said.

Mary Wolfe said under the current federal law an individual can legitimately purchase a firearm from a private seller without having a National Instant Criminal Background Check System check.

Iowa state law says a person can’t legally buy a handgun from a private dealer without having a valid permit to acquire or a permit to carry or passing an NICS check.

Wolfe said the criteria for the private sellers is in relation to how many guns they sell. She said a person who sells a lot of guns may fall into this category. However, she is unsure what the law defines as “a lot.”

She stated the new laws don’t change the fact that under federal law a person can purchase a firearm from a private dealer without having an NICS check.

“It restricts the definition of who can be considered a private seller, which means that sellers who meet certain criteria will be required to be “federally licensed” and will have to obey the same rules and regulations as a local gun shop,” Wolfe said.

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