PolitiFact Wisconsin: Universal background checks for guns

The gun control debate dominating the headlines and expected to be a hot topic in Wisconsin's U.S. Senate race this year.

PolitiFact Wisconsin checks out a claim made by Wisconsin Democrat Sen. Tammy Baldwin.

Baldwin expressed frustration about the lack of what she called "common sense safety measures" after the Florida school shooting. Baldwin, a gun owner herself, suggested most Americans want changes to some guns laws.

"She spoke out and said look many people in the country want reforms and changes that even 97 percent of gun owners support universal background checks," said Greg Borowski with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

PolitiFact Wisconsin says Baldwin was talking about to a Quinnipiac poll done two days after the Florida tragedy. The question: "Do you support or oppose requiring background checks for all gun buyers?"

"The first thing to remember is we're looking at gun owners, not the general population," said Borowski, "and universal background checks which is beyond what we have now."

Current law requires a background check for guns sold through federally licensed dealers. Universal background checks would expand that to ALL gun purchases.

"This would bring in the so-called gun show loophole and make every purchase to be checked before it was made," said Borowski.

PolitiFact Wisconsin rated Baldwin's statement Mostly True.

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