As I am writing this my home state of Nevada is considering a bill to mandate universal background checks for all firearms transfers, including private party sales. For those who would like to read through the bill you can read more about it here. Ostensibly this would close the so called “gun show loophole”, however this loophole simply does not exist save for in the minds of gun control advocates.
This, on the whole is an absurd idea. Universal background checks do nothing to actually stop people from obtaining illegal firearms. This measure puts an additional burden on those who wish to buy firearms or give them as gifts to friends and family.
For those criminal elements that operate outside of the law, nothing would change. For law abiding citizens, they would have to pay an additional fee every time they wanted to sell or purchase a firearm from a friend or a private party.
The failure of universal background checks
Firearms are obtained by criminals though already criminal means. Theft, straw purchases, and black market dealings are all means that criminals use to illegally obtain firearms.
The initiative makes this sound like it is about keeping guns out of the hands of criminals, it is not. It is, in fact, a way to make it more difficult for a law abiding citizens to possess a firearm and defend themselves.
This is simply an attempt by Michael Bloomberg and his preposterous “Everytown for Gun Safety” pouring millions of dollars into a campaign to scare people into “reasonable” gun control with stats on domestic violence and this supposed “loophole” being responsible for deaths. When the reality is that criminals and violent offenders are simply not deterred by any gun laws that are passed.
There are already plenty of laws on the books
We already have a perfectly good way to keep guns out of the hands of people who should not have them. One particular statistic that Everytown has trotted out in defense of this initiative is the idea that domestic abusers who are prohibited from possessing firearms are still able to obtain them through this “loophole”. If a prohibited person obtains a firearm through a private party sale, this means he is already committing a crime. This would do nothing to stop an actual determined criminal from possessing a firearm. Furthermore Everytown lies and states that firearms can be bought, without a background check on line. This is a blatant falsehood. A firearm bought on line must be transferred to an FFL before it can be released to the purchaser. Only after passing a background check at the receiving FFL will they receive the firearm.
I’m tired of seeing these “gun control advocates” attempt to infringe upon my right to recreation and self-defense by using lies and half-truths. We have laws that would work if they were enforced. We do not need more laws that do the same thing.
Update November 14th 2016
Well it passed, it looks like universal background checks will be coming to Nevada. Despite an almost evenly split vote on the issue the side of gun control has managed to push through this referendum. My main concern is as always, for law abiding citizens. This makes loaning a firearm to a friend unduly difficult and complicated. If you want an in depth look at how this new law will affect Nevada firearms owners check out this extensive write up at NevadaCarry.org. They go into how things will work after January 1st, 2017. Below is a flowchart that you can use, created by Nevada Carry.org to stay leagal.
What are your opinions on universal background checks and other gun control issues? If you live in Nevada what are your thoughts on this issue?