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  •  I am mostly in favor of this proposal (0+ / 0-)

    My one question is if the seller and buyer have to go to the FFL in the first place, why not have the FFL run the background check? As MB notes elsewhere, that's how it currently works in California. It's a bit of an inconvenience, but not enough for any gun owner I know to take any real issue with it.

    Thinking aloud here, but maybe also allow potential sellers to register beforehand (with their state DOJ, the ATF, the federal DOJ, FBI, or what have you) and gain temporary access to filing 4473s, solely for the purpose of selling personally owned firearms, as well as personal access to NCIS.

    You could even require the seller to register any firearm in his or her ownership that he or she might want to sell. Anything not so registered would require an FFL to transfer. That way you have a compromise between those gun owners who absolutely do not want their guns to be on a national registry and those who, whatever their preference, will choose the convenience and freedom afforded by registering (at least some of) their firearms.

    •  the way I view the registry is this: (1+ / 0-)
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      We need some method to be able to trace a firearm back to its last legal owner.  If someone's gun turns up at a murder scene, then we need to be able to tell, quickly, whose gun it is, and how the hell it got there.

      I understand the whole "registry means they'll take yer gunz !!" argument (though I think it's tinfoil-hat lunacy--nobody wants to take your damn guns), but surely gun owners can see the need to be able to quickly trace ownership of guns that are involved in crimes.


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