The only reason we the people submitted to the idea of background checks was to inhibit those convicted of violent crimes and/or adjudicated mentally ill from purchasing firearms. But this was agreed to only if the background check data were volatile, i.e. the State was to erase the data after so many months/years had elapsed to insure that a gun registry record was not established. Look how far we have come. In NY, for example, you have to register thru a lengthy process just to own a pistol in your own home, and now the Congress and various State legislatures are attempting to establish such a registry. This is an executable offense, and we should make it clear to public officials exactly what we intend to do if they vote for such laws.