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Do We Want Better Enforcement of Misguided Gun Restrictions?

ThinkN_Do Wrote: Jan 24, 2013 12:02 AM
If you are doing nothing illegal, there is no reason to be paranoid of extended background checks, including for transfers within families. Why should anyone obtaining a weapon legally be exempt from a background check? Granted, those obtaining weapons illegally do not and they never will if obtaining them illegally. If I were selling a weapon to a friend, I would prefer they go through a check, I don't know everything about their life. They might have a restraining order against them, or have two DUI convictions in the last 5 years. They might have been in prison at some point in their life that I do not know of. Do you know every detail about every relative of yours?
Tionico Wrote: Jan 24, 2013 3:32 AM
think again. Do you realise that the NICS is availalbe ONLY to licensed gujn dealers? Thus, if I want to fgift a hunting rifle to my Son on his sixteenth birthday, we'd have to traipse down to an FFL who WILL charge a fee. Sure, there is some risk in selling to strangers.... but when I do that I ALWAYS insist on seeing ID, preferably a concealed carry permit for sales involving handguns. A very thorough BG check is part of that permitting process. You insist on smothering an otherwise frree market with an unwelcome layer of government meddling that, in ninety nine percent of cases, will disclose nothing.
Tionico Wrote: Jan 24, 2013 3:36 AM
Further, it is only a small thing for FedGov to begin storing transaction record date, now "illegal" in law. There's your gun registry. No Way José. Once registered, seizure is an easy next step, Think I'm wrong? Read your history. Federal law now makes it a VERY serious felony to sell to a prohibited person. When conducting a sale to a stranger, ask enough questions that, if he's prohibited, it will become obvious by his behaviour. Walk away, no sale. Simple. Existing laws did NOT keep Lanza, Holmes, Cho, from getting their guns and misusing them. What new laws will? Nothing on the table I've seen yet. Stupid ideas, ill thought out, ineffective.

"The single most important thing we can do to prevent gun violence and mass shootings," President Obama said last week, "is to make sure those who would commit acts of violence cannot get access to guns." Toward that end, he wants to require background checks not just for sales by federally licensed firearms dealers (as under current law), but for all gun transfers except those between relatives.

This idea seems to be the most popular of Obama's gun control proposals, supported by nine out of 10 respondents in a recent CBS News poll. Yet it is unlikely to stop mass shootings,...