There is a serious push for gun control happening on Capitol Hill at the moment, one of those being the introduction of what is now known as “universal background checks.”
For non-gun owners, this sounds like a very benign policy. Shouldn’t everyone purchasing a deadly weapon have some sort of character review? Isn’t this just common sense? Not so fast…
As every gun owner in the United States knows, we already have background checks for purchasing firearms. Unfortunately, tagging the “universal” word to the mix completely changes its meaning.
Background checks for firearm purchases occur every time someone tries to buy something from a federally-licensed dealer. While there is no federal statute for this, 22 states in the Union require at least some level of background checks for firearm purchases. Universal background checks, on the other hand, bring the entire bloated federal apparatus into the mix.
If universal background checks became law, every single transaction involving a firearm would be mandated to go through the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, or NICS. Again, this sounds benign, but here’s the real problem — this essentially criminalizes private sales or even transfers of firearms between individuals.
What this means is that, if you wanted to go on a hunting trip but something happened to your firearm, you can’t ask your friend to borrow his for the season. That would be illegal if this proposal became law.
This is just one of the many misconceptions about universal background checks. Here’s Gun Talk Media with more.