Proposed Kansas bill would require background checks for private gun sales

TOPEKA, Kan. (KWCH) A new bill proposed in the Kansas House would require background checks on private gun sales.

Currently, only federally licensed gun dealers like are required to run background checks on their customers.

H.B. 2111 would apply to transactions that take place at gun shows from private individuals or through online listings and other advertisement. A violation would result in a class A misdemeanor.

Buyers like Michael Dubois says he sees the need for a bill like this. He says the prospect of further scrutinizing private guns sales in the state doesn't bother him. He says he invites it.

"I think it's fine because there should be no such thing as a private sale for guns because it could be sold to somebody who is nefarious or has a criminal background. I think it should not be done privately," says Dubois.

The bill would not apply to the transfer of antique firearms, a gift or loan to an immediate family member or to someone who inherits the weapon.

Currently, only a notarized Kansas Firearm Bill of Sale is needed when a gun is sold between two individuals in Kansas.

It is against the law to sell or give a gun to anyone who has had certain felony convictions within the last 10 years.