Did you know that in order to purchase a gun from a store (federally licensed firearms dealer) the buyer must submit to a federal background check? This applies to all federally licensed firearms dealers – at gun shows or at the local gun shop.
What this means: criminals don’t buy guns from firearms dealers – only those with very clean records can purchase firearms from dealers. The Brady Bill the posession of firearms for any individual who:
- is convicted of a felony
- is under indictment for a felony, but has not gone to court
- is the unlawful user of a controlled substance
- is drug dependant
- is adjudicated mentally defective or been committed to a mental institution
- is an illegal or unlawful alien in the Untied States
- is dishonorably discharged from the military
- has renounced citizenship of the United States
- is subject to court order restraining them from harassing, stalking or threatening another (i.e. spouse, former spouse, cohabitant, former cohabitant or child of such partner)
- cannot prove residency with proper identification
- has any warrant
- any domestic violence conviction
- been convicted as a juvenile for an offense which would have been a felony if committed by an adult (within last 10 years)
It is illegal for anyone who fits any one of the above criteria to own a firearm – any kind of firearm, rifle, shotgun, handgun, machine gun. They’re all off limits.
I mentioned earlier that any firearms dealer must complete a background check on the purchaser before completing the sell. The “gunshow loophole” spoken of by politicians and gun-control advocates refers to the private sell of firearms. This has little or nothing to do with gunshows, but it sounds really cool. Soundbites are cool!
Why not restrict private sell of firearms? Well, because it’s already illegal for one of the people mentioned above to own a firearm. It’s also illegal to knowingly sell a firearm to one of those people. Many law-abiding individuals who sell firearms privately are very careful about such sales. Why does anyone need to sell a gun privately you ask? I ask why does anyone sell a car. They’re not using it anymore. Maybe it’s a model they don’t enjoy shooting, or they want a newer better version. Luckily, we can sell things we don’t want anymore in this country. Gun control advocates would like that ability stripped from Joe Hunter down the street or from Sally Target Shooter. However, like most gun control laws, restrictions on private firearms sales only adds extra steps to the process for law abiding people. Criminals are criminals and won’t follow that law either.
So, my solution? I propose that this country actually start enforcing the laws we have. Punnish criminals and let them serve full and complete sentences. I recently heard about an early release program to ease crowding in prisons and jails. I’m not the world’s most brilliant person, but even I can understand that placing more laws and burden on the law abiding while simultaneously enhancing the criminal’s ability to commit crime is not an effective plan.
Next time: The truth about “Assault Weapons” aka “Scary Black Guns”