Reid Opens The Door To Longer Background Checks For Gun Purchasers

WASHINGTON — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on Tuesday appeared to open the door to pushing legislation that would revamp the waiting period and background checks administered to prospective gun purchasers. The Nevada Democrat, in a sit-…

WASHINGTON — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on Tuesday appeared to open the door to pushing legislation that would revamp the waiting period and background checks administered to prospective gun purchasers.

The Nevada Democrat, in a sit-down interview with Las Vegas journalist Jon Ralston, said that the recent shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) and 19 others had made clear the need to prevent firearms from landing in the hands of the mentally disturbed.

“There should be a waiting period for the purchase of a handgun to stop someone who has mental problems from buying a gun. We can check instantly, it is so easy to do,” Reid said, according to a transcript of the show.

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