PolitiFact Wisconsin: Background checks for gun sales

Posted at 6:28 PM, Oct 04, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-04 19:30:22-04

Another debate over what to do with guns. Are more backgrounds checks needed and would that be a popular move for lawmakers? 

PolitiFact Wisconsin with some answers. 

County Executive Chris Abele made an argument for more gun control.

"Americans have overwhelmingly supported common sense gun reform. Ninety percent support universal background checks. Elected officials must act."

"The County Executive made that statement in a tweet the morning after the Las Vegas shooting," said Tom Kertscher with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

The push for universal background checks is an effort to include background checks for all gun sales including private sales. 

News reports indicate the Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock passed all required background checks.

"Currently background checks are required for gun sales that are made by federally licensed gun dealers," said Kertscher, "but that doesn't apply to places such as gun shows."

PolitiFact Wisconsin says a Quinnipiac Poll in June showed 94 percent supported background checks for all gun buyers.

"That is by far the most recent poll," Kertscher said.

We did go back as far as January 2016 and we found five other polls on this question. Support for universal background checks ranges from 84 to 89 percent.

PolitiFact Wisconsin rated Abele's claim: True.