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  •  Yes, licensed dealers are required by law... (1+ / 0-)
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    a2nite

    ...to maintain records of the gun sales for 20 years.

    The idea behind expanding background checks to private sales is to accomplish what you're saying about requiring purchasers of those guns from licensed dealers to get background checks on anybody they sell the gun to, ad infinitum. But, you see, Sen. Tom Coburn didn't like that idea of having private sellers keep a record. That's how we got the watered-down Manchin-Toomey proposal.

    Don't tell me what you believe, show me what you do and I will tell you what you believe.

    by Meteor Blades on Tue May 07, 2013 at 02:46:24 PM PDT

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    •  I don't get it. (1+ / 0-)
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      Boogalord

      They are always comparing cars and guns. If I sell a car and my buyer runs over someone, I have to prove I legally transferred the title.  Why not be held responsible for a gun I cannot prove I sold?

      •  If somebody else runs over somebody in... (1+ / 0-)
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        ..a car you illegally sold him, you're in trouble. But not for running over somebody.

        Don't tell me what you believe, show me what you do and I will tell you what you believe.

        by Meteor Blades on Tue May 07, 2013 at 03:07:29 PM PDT

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        •  But if my ex-car runs into another car or house, (0+ / 0-)

          I or my insurance would have civil liability for the damages. So why not be responsible for my ex-gun, and the damages it might cause?  I know that's not criminally responsible, but given the nature of guns vs cars I don't see it that differently.  Of course if it were a crime to provide weapons to those who could not pass a check, then it would be a crime anyway.

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