Universal background checks are a bad idea that leads to even worse ideas. They should be opposed and repealed.I keep reading articles about UBC (Universal Background Checks) as part of the process required for transfer of firearms from one person to another, and I can't believe that everyone who writes about the "process" misses the most important point:
Universal Background Checks = REGISTRATION!Has nobody noticed that when you submit to a UBC, during purchase of a firearm, you must submit detailed information about the gun you are proposing to purchase?
Why is this significant?
Person "A" wishes to purchase a firearm from Person "B", so both parties submit to a UBC, No problem, so the purchase is .. well, not "Approved", but at least not "Dis-approved".
What information is required for a background check.
There's a lot about the purchaser, a little about the seller, and a bit about the firearm in question.
Why do we need to submit information about the firearm being traded?
Make, Model, Serial number. Isn't that part of the form filled out?
Form 4473 is the standard paperwork required to properly complete a firearms transfer.
HERE is a copy of the standard form 4473, necessary to register any gun sale.
Notice that the purpose of the form is to determine whether the purchaser of a firearm is legitimately and legally authorized to purchase a firearm.
Notice that Section "D" includes full information about the firearm being transferred: including make, model and serial number.
Complete the form? Buy the gun?
You have just registered the gun.
Now our kindly Uncle Sam knows that Person "A" just bought a gun (with full information including make, model, caliber, serial number, etc) from "Person "B", and even if Person "B" didn't register the gun ... he is now known as the seller. Isn't that just too cute?
And Person "A" is registered as the proud new owner of the gun.
And Person "B" (the seller) is also registered .. in case he didn't go through the process (as in: private transaction) of letting Uncle know that he purchased a firearm in a very private transaction ... he looks Not Very Good because he didn't tell Uncle that he owns an unregistered gun.
(Tsk Tsk ... this will NOT look good on your Resume!)
Don't believe in registration? Too bad, Charley .. your loving uncle has established a record of ownership going back to both you, and the seller. What do you want to bet that Uncle can't .. or WON'T .. track any other firearms transaction by you or the seller? Paranoid much?
Don't like that? Too bad ... it's the law. And you always thought that "Registration" was for people in "other states".
WHY does the form include information about the gun? The obvious justification for the form is to determine that the seller is legally someone who is not forbidden to purchase a gun (insanity, felony .. whatever reason why you shouldn't buy a gun) but why include the information about the gun?
Because your Uncle wants to know what guns are being transferred (and are now being owned) from whom and by whom. Including your social security number (which you have been PROMISED will not be used to trace your chattel!) By completing the purchase, and a 'gun show' .. you have just registered the gun.
Did the person who sold you the gun buy it in a private transaction, where no 'registration' was required? Gee, he now is flagged as an "unregistered gun owner' and he will be followed through every sales transaction that pops up on the Internet, because he didn't register the gun when he bought it.
Shrug ... just part of doing business, expect Uncle to look over your shoulder at every opportunity.
He may not pay much attention NOW, but in the future ... if your name pops up in some other investigatory venue ... every thing you do and think and say (and every firearms transaction) will be flagged. Yes, Big Brother is definitely watching you. Not actively, but very completely.
Probably not enough.