The vice president reported the panel had reached “pretty broad consensus” over what criteria they proposed should deny a sale, including “mental capacity.”
“One of the problems that was pointed out here was that there was an adjudication of the young man that committed the crime at Virginia Tech, and yet he was able to go out and purchase two weapons,” he said.
In April 2007 student Seung-Hui Cho killed 32 at the Blacksburg, Va., campus using two handguns. Cho had purchased the weapons legally, but subsequent investigations following the deaths found Cho had a well-documented history of mental health issues.He was never involuntarily committed, which is the existing standard for denying firearms purchase or possession under federal law.
Biden also said convicted felons and those found guilty of domestic abuse should be denied the ability to own firearms.Guess what? That is already the law and has been for many years. Convicted felons and those convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence are already added to the firearms background check and it is unlawful for them to possess a firearm or ammunition, punishable by up to 10 years in prison. Perhaps Biden needs to learn the law.