With Barack Obama announcing an executive expansion of background checks that is certain to draw ire–and lawsuits–from conservatives and gun rights groups around the country, it is important to remember that House Speaker Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) (R-Wisc.) supported a very similar background check expansion just two years ago.
Breitbart News previously reported that Obama’s executive gun control is an attempt to expand background checks to cover private sellers who sell at gun shows and online, regardless of whether those sellers are selling one gun or 100. This expansion is largely seen Obama’s strongest attempt to close the so-called “gun show loophole.”
In 2013 the Huffington Post reported that then Representative Paul Ryan supported expanding background checks to close the so-called “gun show loophole.”
HuffPo pointed to a Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel interview in which Ryan said post-Sandy Hook efforts to close the “gun show loophole” were “reasonable.” He intimated that expanding checks to that end was an “obvious” way to keep guns out of the hands of those who shouldn’t have them.