Gun Show Loophole Doesn't Exist

NCPA'S Burnett To Tell Texas Legislators Mandatory Checks at Shows Won't Reduce Crime

DALLAS (March 20, 2001) — Mandating background checks at gun shows will not reduce crime significantly. Rather than closing a loophole in current law, mandatory background checks will be a step towards banning private firearm sales between individuals.

That will be the primary message of gun law expert H. Sterling Burnett, senior policy analyst with the National Center for Policy Analysis, in testimony Tuesday, March 20 before the Texas House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee.

WHO: H. Sterling Burnett, NCPA Senior Policy Analyst

WHAT: Testimony On Gun Shows Before Texas House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee

WHEN: Tuesday, March 20, 2001 (Committee Meets At 2:00 PM CT)

WHERE: E-2028, Texas Capitol Building, Austin, Texas

Burnett has been quoted and has had commentaries appear in some of the nation's leading publications, including: USA Today, Los Angeles Daily News, The Washington Times, The Dallas Morning News, Rocky Mountain News and Miami Herald. He has also taken part in the Knight-Ridder Tribune News Service's series of Pro-Con debates, debating such nationally recognized experts as Sarah Brady of Handgun Control Inc. and Kristen Rand of the Violence Policy Center.

He was awarded the Gun Rights Defender of the Month for May 1999, by the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms for his pioneering research on municipal gun lawsuits. Also in 1999, he was given a James Madison award from the Second Amendment Foundation, for his research on the Brady bill.