PULLMAN, Wash. -- Dozens of people packed a gun control debate on the Washington State University campus on Tuesday afternoon. The debate was held at the Thomas S. Foley Institute in Pullman.
The panel included Robin Ball and Daniel Byrne. Ball is a National Rifle Association election volunteer coordinator for the 5th Congressional District in Washington. Byrne is the voluntary spokesperson for the nonprofit organization Washington CeaseFire.
The discussion centered on proposed gun legislation including universal background checks for gun owners. Byrne said that 65% of Americans believe that gun sales include universal background checks.
“The trick part will be the mental side of it and figuring out how to couple the mental health system into the back ground check,” said Byrne.
Sixty percent of private gun transactions already require background checks according to Byrne. He said the biggest sticking point for Americans is over which types of ammunition should be made available.
Washington law bans firearms, explosives, and dangerous chemicals on university property.
However, the issues of guns on campus has again risen to national prominence as state and federal officials look for ways to balance Constitutional rights with concerns about shootings at public schools and colleges.