Utica Common Council takes stance on illegal guns

UTICA, N.Y. - The Utica Common Council voted 7-1 Wednesday night to send a message to the federal government: "Stop criminals and terror suspects from getting guns."

The city council passed a resolution to close the Gun Show Loophole, a gap in the law which the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) says accounts for more than 30% of illegal guns trafficked in the United States. To date, 17 states have closed their loopholes and New York is one of them. The Utica Common Council is asking the federal government to close this loophole across the country and require everyone to get a background check when buying a gun.

The city council also passed a resolution asking federal representatives to close the Terror Gap in which a law allows individuals on the FBI Terror Watch List to buy guns and explosives legally while being denied access to aircraft.

A 2009 report by the Government and Accountability Office (GAO) found that individuals on the terror watch list tried to buy guns and explosives 963 times from Feb. of 2004 to Feb. of 2009. 90% of the time, the FBI was unable to block gun and explosive sales to suspected terrorists.

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