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Last month Tacoma, Washington held their first gun show in 23 years. Last night the Tacoma City Council made background checks mandatory for gun shows held in city facilities. The measure was passed unanimously.

There is a huge venue in Tacoma called the Tacoma Dome. It was the cite of the first Tacoma gun show in 23 years. Of 152 vendors, 140 were licensed firearms dealers, (FFL), and 12 were private sellers. One particular dealer plans to host several huge shows there yearly, 1000+ tables, they boast. Under federal law, private sellers can sell guns without running a background check of the buyer. That practice is referred to the private sales loophole. When private sellers are given booths at a gun show it is called the gun show loophole.

Remember the DC snipers? Tacoma is the city where they hung out 'plinking' in the backyard before moving to the east coast. Tacoma is the city where the chief of police murdered his own wife before killing himself. A Tacoma suburb is where four police officers in a coffee shop were gunned down before they could draw their weapons.

It is a beautiful city, and it deserves to be protected. The Museum of Glass alone is worth the trip. The people of Washington and all of you who may come to visit are safer today because elected leaders in the Tacoma City Council took action.

Thank you Tacoma!

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Seattle Times May 7 2014

All firearm purchases at gun shows on Tacoma city property now require a background checks of buyers.

The Tacoma City Council unanimously approved the change Tuesday, closing the so-called gun-show loophole for events using city space.

The loophole allows people selling guns from their private collections to skip the federal background checks that are required of licensed gun dealers by state and federal law.

“In the face of inaction by state and federal lawmakers our community cannot wait,” said Councilman Ryan Mello. [...]

Three people at Tuesday’s City Council meeting spoke in favor of the policy change, including Leanne Kennedy, a Tacoma resident who said it doesn’t take much courage to support expanded background checks. [...]

No one from the audience spoke against the proposal."

Thank you Tacoma, Mayor Strickland, and your City Council.


1:33 PM PT (LilithGardener): Old Tree is at work and will respond to comments as soon as they are home.

4:52 PM PT: I'm home : ) -- thanks Lilith Gardner and FLAP


Originally posted to Firearms Law and Policy on Wed May 07, 2014 at 01:02 PM PDT.

Also republished by Shut Down the NRA, Repeal or Amend the Second Amendment (RASA), PacNW Kossacks, Seattle & Puget Sound Kos, and Good News.

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