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  •  I'm not sure this is better (1+ / 0-)
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    Under the current system the dealers keep the purchase records, so while the government may know who has had a check they are not supposed to record what was purchased. If they have a problem following that wouldn't it be easier to remove that part of 4473 and just have the NICS check only be a check to see if a person is eligible? Then the dealers still keep the sales records, and be required to cooperate with lawful (due process for the information being sought) law enforcement requests. I agree that dealers and individuals should also be required to report missing and stolen firearms.

    Some states, like Washington, view the RKBA as a strong right, no training is required to own a gun, or even get a CPL (they are concealed pistol licenses in WA.) About 8% of Washington adults 21 and older have their CPL (about 380,000 permits.)

    I gotta admit I like it, in that I think it would be more effective. I fear it too, because I think some states would use the license cost and other requirement as barriers to only grant the RKBA to the wealthy. I also know that my college level firearms training as a part of my Criminal Justice degree is less a factor in my ability to effectively handle firearms than my rural upbringing.

    A conservative is a man with two perfectly good legs who, however, has never learned how to walk forward. Franklin D. Roosevelt

    by notrouble on Tue Feb 12, 2013 at 06:09:02 PM PST

    •  Part of the idea would be to eliminate direct (0+ / 0-)

      federal involvement on a per purchase basis.  I consider this to be one of the compromise gains that those who are more libertarian would appreciate.  I modeled the idea after my state, North Carolina (and others) who don't require an NICS check if one has a permit as it means a more thorough check had already been done.

      I do see the sense in keeping sales records, including recording serial numbers.  The big thing was avoiding a system where the feds are involved or may obtain records.  Much more reliable to not give them information than it is to rely on them to delete it.  

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