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  •  Incorrect. (0+ / 0-)

    The record of the NICS background check is not retained, but every FFL keeps a permanent record of each gun sale made.

    "A lie is not the other side of a story; it's just a lie."

    by happy camper on Mon Apr 22, 2013 at 08:17:32 AM PDT

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    •  in a cardboard (0+ / 0-)

      stacks of paper with no requirement for organization.  The point is that if one gun is used and is traced to one individual that claimed it was stolen, there is little chance of putting the records together to form a case.  However, if the records were on the computer at the fbi, not what gun was bought, but only that an application was made, and at what FFL, then we might have a better chance stopping the gun trade to terrorist.  Of course killing 22 kids is not terrorism, but killing 3 people is.

      •  Read the link. (0+ / 0-)

        You don't fully understand the system, apparently. The records are organized, must be available for inspection on demand, and are kept for twenty years. In many cases, the "bound book" of old has been replaced by computerized records. Law enforcement can indeed determine who the original purchaser of a given weapon is. If the original buyer has sold the gun to a private person, there is generally no record of that sale, though that can vary by state also--for example, in MI, you have to get a permit to purchase a handgun, even in a private transaction, a system that has been in place for years. Records are kept, i.e. the handgun is registered, though it seems to be of limited usefulness in crime solving.

        Criminals tend to get their guns through family and acquaintances, according to a DOJ survey of criminals in prison.

        "A lie is not the other side of a story; it's just a lie."

        by happy camper on Tue Apr 23, 2013 at 06:35:57 AM PDT

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