Grand Strand gun dealer approves of proposed background checks

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - If a bi-partisan compromise becomes reality, you would no longer be able to purchase guns over the Internet or at a gun show without first going through a background check.

The deal was announced Wednesday by Senate Democrat Joe Manchi of West Virginia and Republican Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania, who say it would take guns out of the hands of criminals and the mentally ill, because all commercial transactions would be required to go through a licensed dealer.

Robert Battista owns and operates 707 Gun Shop and says it's a good idea, especially at gun shows where he says he sees a lot of "kitchen dealing" going on.

"Those are the guys that give gun shows a bad name," he says. "A fella can go to a gun show and go to his table and he can buy a gun and they are selling them for profit without a license."

The compromise doesn't include some key provisions President Obama was hoping for, such as a limit on the size of ammunition magazines, and it doesn't apply to individual or family-to-family transactions.

For now, it's an announcement setting the stage for tougher legislation. A debate on the issue is scheduled for this week.

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