BUSINESSWEEK ONLINE : AUGUST 16, 1999 ISSUE
COVER STORY

Gun Restrictions: What's on the Table


WAITING PERIOD
Lawmakers want to close a loophole allowing firearms to be sold at gun shows without a criminal background check on the buyer. The Senate has approved a three-day waiting period and background check at gun shows. The House will push for weaker measures.

LICENSES AND REGISTRATION
Vice-President Al Gore and former New Jersey Senator Bill Bradley would require all handgun owners to pass a basic safety course and be licensed before they could buy a handgun. Bradley also would seek to have privately owned handguns registered with the government.

ENFORCEMENT
Texas Governor George Bush and millionaire publisher Steve Forbes, who are vying for the GOP Presidential nomination, say what's needed is better enforcement of existing laws. The NRA agrees with them.

FEDERAL OVERSIGHT
Some gun-control advocates want to subject guns to consumer-protection laws. That would mean that the government could order a recall of defective guns or fine a manufacturer for a product that doesn't meet minimum standards. Repeated attempts to bring guns under the purview of the Consumer Product Safety Commission have failed in Congress.



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