Here in Arkansas, there are ways to buy guns without going through background checks.
If you go to a local pawn shop or gun store — that’s owned by a federally licensed firearm dealer — by law you’re required to pass a background check. But in other instances, buying a gun is just as easy as handing someone the cash.
Private gun sellers in Arkansas rely a lot on their conscience when it comes to selling firearms.
“Whenever a gun seller sells a weapon, he or she must get a background check on the individual they are selling the weapon to but that does not apply to private sellers.” said Representative Charlie Collins.
If you’re a private seller, as long as you don’t believe the person you are selling it to is a criminal, you’re okay to sell it to them. But it’s something that the Moms Demand Action organization wants to see changed.
“We want background checks on every single gun sale. So federally we’re trying to push to get that enforced.” said Catherine Snyder with Moms Demand Action in NWA.
State Representative Greg Leding, is on the other side of the fence, saying:
“We should make sure there’s always a mechanism in place for a seller to ensure the buyer isn’t someone we should be worried about.”
But for now, it’s ultimately it’s up to the seller to make the judgment call.