Sen. John Edwards wanted only to give gun show dealers and buyers an option for background checks.
Virginia Sen.John Edwards last week proposed a gun show loophole compromise. His weak-kneed bill was both too much and too little for lawmakers.
Frustration on the issue is easily understood. Lawmakers again this year scuttled bills to require all firearms purchasers at gun shows to undergo background checks. Buyers in federally licensed gun shops are so scrutinized, as are those who buy guns from a dealer at a gun show. But the law lets unlicensed sellers at shows hawk firearms to anyone without a screening.