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    4 Reasons Requiring Background Checks for All Gun Sales Is a Bad Idea

    1. "Universal background checks" are not really universal. I am not talking about the exceptions for police, military personnel, and transfers between close relatives. I am talking about the impossibility of enforcing a requirement that all gun sales go through federally licensed dealers. Last year researchers who looked at what happened after Colorado, Delaware, and Washington imposed that requirement reported that "background check rates increased in Delaware, by 22%–34% depending on the type of firearm," but "no overall changes were observed in Washington and Colorado." It's easy to understand why the average gun owner might balk at the hassle and expense of bringing his firearm to a licensed dealer so he can legally dispose of his own property. People who knowingly sell guns to criminals are even less motivated to comply. The government may want to record all heretofore private transfers, but there is no practical way of accomplishing that goal.

    2. The criteria for owning guns are not fair or logical. Federal law prohibits gun sales to millions of Americans who pose no threat to others, including anyone who uses illegal drugs, anyone who was ever subjected to involuntary psychiatric treatment, and anyone with a felony record, whether or not the offense involved violence or even a victim. Assuming that a broader background check requirement actually results in more background checks, more people will unjustly lose their Second Amendment rights because a database shows they were convicted of marijuana possession or treated for suicidal impulses. While most "unlawful users" of controlled substances probably can avoid detection, they will have to lie on the federal firearm purchase form, which is itself a felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison. And as the form explicitly says, unlawful users of controlled substances include people who use marijuana for medical or recreational purposes, even when it's allowed by state law.


    4 Reasons Requiring Background Checks for All Gun Sales Is a Bad Idea
    We’re tempted to suggest a conspiracy here — but it’s just liberals agreeing yet again that conservatives have hidden, evil motives, because modern liberals simply can’t conceive of any other reason to disagree with the liberal consensus.

    “Moral precepts are constant through the ages and not obedient to circumstances.”

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    If I may ...

    *And number 5: ".... Shall not be infringed."
    If the military wanted you to have a spouse, or family, they would have issued you one.

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    Numbers 1, 3, and 4 don't make it a bad idea, just a waste of time.

    Number 2 does make it a bad idea, but number 5 as shown by LightRoasted is the best reason its a bad idea.
    If what I say offends you then you really don't want to hear what I keep to myself.

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    I will say that most private transfers that are done in Iindiana, vertually all sellers require an IN drivers license and a IN carry permit to prove someone's legal and of good character..
    Much more than the state law requires.. And most do not keep records of what was sold to whom..
    No one cares.

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