Wabash Valley firearms instructor speaks out against gun control bill

Jennifer Christman says she does not support a federal universal background checks bill. She traveled all the way to Washington, D.C. earlier this week to share her thoughts during a press conference with lawmakers.

Posted: Mar 1, 2019 10:18 PM
Updated: Mar 1, 2019 10:37 PM

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - A local firearms instructor is speaking out against a bill aimed at strengthening nationwide gun laws.

News 10 told you earlier this week that a bill passed through the U.S. House of Representatives. It would require federal background checks for all gun sales and transfers.

Jennifer Christman is a licensed firearms instructor. She teaches classes in Vermillion County, Indiana.

Christman says she does not support a federal universal background checks bill. She traveled all the way to Washington, D.C. earlier this week to share her thoughts during a press conference with lawmakers.

Jennifer Christman says, "It doesn't really stop criminals from doing anything wrong. It just makes it really frustrating for everyday citizens to go about their normal routine as far as firearms go."

Those who support the bill say it closes loopholes and will keep people safer. Christman disagrees.

"I think they could do a better job. I don't think this touches on any of those ways to make anyone safer. It just causes problems for everyday citizens who already have guns.”

Under the bill, a background check would be required for gun transfers.

Christman says, "You can't lend them to your friends so if my neighbor had a coyote problem, because that's kind of a popular thing around here, I wouldn't be able to lend them my shotgun even if they were a veteran and I knew they had a whole safe full of guns."

Others argue this is a good thing and keeps people accountable.

Supporters of the bill face an uphill battle in the Republican-controlled Senate and President Donald Trump says he will veto the bill if it lands on his desk.

Christman says more should be done to enforce rules already in place instead of passing new laws.

"This would not have stopped any of the mass shootings that we've had lately."

Some lawmakers are also pushing for another bill that would extend the review period for background checks from three to ten days.

For more information about Christman and her firearms course, click here.

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