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Opinion Northwest

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May 12, 2014 at 6:40 AM

Tacoma City Council, well done on background checks

Congratulations to the Tacoma City Council, which acted unanimously on behalf of the safety and welfare of the people it represents. Anyone buying a firearm at a gun show on city property or city-managed property must submit to a background check.

Council action last week closes a loophole that allows sales from private collections to be completed without the background checks required of licensed dealers by state and federal law.

No good reason exists to preclude private gun sales from background checks, but short of two dueling statewide initiatives for and against mandatory screening, nothing has been happening.

“In the face of inaction by state and federal lawmakers our community cannot wait,” said Councilman Ryan Mello, in a Tacoma News Tribune story by reporter Kate Martin.

The council action, adopted as Resolution No. 38901, is straight forward. In settings where local government can clearly make the rules, such as gun shows in the Tacoma Done, a “transaction can be complete only in instances where the buyer has first successfully cleared a background check.”

Well done Tacoma City Council. Other communities, the state and the nation should follow this thoughtful, conscientious act.

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