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  •  This works, but my thought was this: (3+ / 0-)
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    KVoimakas, theatre goon, oldpunk

    Have a database that includes a "last modified date" for your data, as well as the date of the last background check and the pass/fail result.
    Simply put, if your last good-to-go background check was AFTER the last date your background check file was updated, you don't need a new one.
    By this system, you could get your kid a background check for their 18th birthday, and - assuming their file was never updated because they were never arrested, the subject of a restraining order, adjudicated a danger to themselves or others, etc - they could buy guns for the rest of their life on that one background check.

    "We are buried beneath the weight of information, which is being confused with knowledge; quantity is being confused with abundance and wealth with happiness. We are monkeys with money and guns." - Tom Waits

    by Jaxpagan on Tue Apr 30, 2013 at 10:29:19 AM PDT

    •  Jaxpagan, it's only good for 30 days. (5+ / 0-)
      •  Yeah, but I'm saying: (3+ / 0-)
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        KVoimakas, theatre goon, oldpunk

        If we can record the dates of the last background check vs the last update of the relevent data, why should it only be good for 30 days?
        Someone gets a background check. They're clean. 30 days later - still no arrests, haven't been added to a terror watch list, having had an ex take out a restraining order . . . No updates to their file in the background check database . . . so why should the check no longer be valid? Why shouldn't it be valid until there's an update to the data?

        "We are buried beneath the weight of information, which is being confused with knowledge; quantity is being confused with abundance and wealth with happiness. We are monkeys with money and guns." - Tom Waits

        by Jaxpagan on Tue Apr 30, 2013 at 03:00:05 PM PDT

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        •  Simplicity. (6+ / 0-)

          At least, from the point of view of the people issuing the number -- someone would have to send out that update to a number, making more more work to do (presumably costing more money).

          If they just keep the database updated, then the update is made the next time a firearm is purchased and a new number requested.  

          In fact, if there is no purchase at a later date, then updates would be wasted effort.

          At least, that's how it appears to me.  

          Yes, I often dress as a pirate. Your point?

          by theatre goon on Tue Apr 30, 2013 at 03:07:49 PM PDT

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    •  Great idea for VOTER registration (3+ / 0-)

      The idea of instant do-it-yourself registration is great for registering voters.  I support such a registration plan for voter registrations.

      For gun registration, I suggest we implement the plans various conservatives have put forth elsewhere: show up in person on the limited days available for such registrations, prove citizenship and identity, pay fee, and receive special photo ID that allows gun purchases.  Perfect.

      "The fool doth think he is wise: the wise man knows himself to be a fool" - W. Shakespeare

      by Hugh Jim Bissell on Tue Apr 30, 2013 at 12:36:52 PM PDT

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