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    Not bad.  Have one small objection on financial privacy grounds with an easy enough solution.  Require deposit of transfer records with a third party--a retailer, wholesaler, law office, notary, RFPA covered institution--that implements a system the government can query when presented with a valid warrant.  That is, the government must have a crime gun and be able to link it to a manufacturer and first retailer before accessing these records.  We want civil redress against fishing expeditions into gun ownership.

    Also, while I'm certainly for permitting Bob to pass on Sally's information to an RFPA covered institution or other party bound to maintain privacy, no need to require him to do so. Your system is robust enough that private citizens can maintain the records, or face the penalty for failure to do so.

    To that end, I'll also compromise and require that any existing firearm, when transferred for the first time on the system, must be logged by a third party and for all future investigation that third party is deemed to be the first point of origin beyond the manufacturer.  Obviously, at this point we can also conduct tests to ensure that the firearm wasn't used in a crime.  Isn't perfect, you may have people who evade the system over several exchanges, but if a crime gun ever rises back into the legitimate secondary market you're more likely to generate a solid lead from which to work backwards.

    When God gives you lemons, you find a new god.

    by Patrick Costighan on Tue Mar 05, 2013 at 04:09:48 AM PST

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