Why Not Register Firearms Like We Do Cars?
Some people believe that firearms should be “registered” as cars are registered. They cannot decipher the difference between a background check and what it means to register your posessions. Most of the people who have these “opinions” about how guns should be managed never purchased a gun from a gun store, a gun show, or even a private seller.
The common lie about the gun show is a background check is not required when purchasing a firearm. They believe a person just goes to the show, chooses an AR-15, a Glock 19, and Oozie, and a fully automatic machine gun with a belt to feed the rounds through for good measure and then walk out of there. After all, why wouldn’t everyone believe that when political leaders and the media perpetuate this lie every single day. If politicians can bluntly lie about the laws that THEY have passed, what are the people supposed to believe.
As someone who has witnessed the purchase of firearms and actually participated in the purchasing of firearms at different gun shows, I can attest that a background check is always required for any purchase from a licensed firearms dealer. If you have a concealed carry license, after you pass the background check, you are allowed to take the firearm in your possession. If you do not have a concealed carry permit, you must wait the waiting period for the state you live in. This is United States law.
On November 30, 1993, the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act was enacted, amending the Gun Control Act of 1968. The Brady Law imposed as an interim measure a waiting period of 5 days before a licensed importer, manufacturer, or dealer may sell, deliver, or transfer a handgun to an unlicensed individual. The waiting period applies only in states without an acceptable alternate system of conducting background checks on handgun purchasers. The interim provisions of the Brady Law became effective on February 28, 1994, and ceased to apply on November 30, 1998. While the interim provisions of the Brady Law apply only to handguns, the permanent provisions of the Brady Law apply to all firearms.
As far as private sellers, the notion of comparing the selling of a car to the selling of a firearm is like comparing apples to spaceships. Whenever I’ve sold a car in the past, I never asked for the driver’s license of the person I’m selling it to in order to review if their driver’s license is suspended or conducted a background check to see if there were any outstanding warrants. I have never asked what is the purpose they are interested in buying the car. I simply provide the buyer a bill of sale which states how much they paid for the car. After the car is sold, they can have the car parked in front of their house as far as I’m concerned. There is no registration required for that. Now, if buyer decides to drive the car without having a valid driver’s license or without properly registering the car with the state and purchasing insurance, they are committing a crime and is open to prosecution if caught. The same goes for if a person is carrying a concealed firearm on their body without a concealed permit and/or following state law. This also applies if a person decides to use the firearm for ANY illegal activity including burglary, robbery, rape, home invasion, or murder. All of them are crimes just as driving with a suspended license, no license, without registration, or without insurance is a crime.
Gun registration leads to gun owner database. We should not be in favor of providing the government a database of all gun owners. We should never put that much confidence in anyone, especially the government. Going through a background check more than enough registration needed since it proves that the buyer is a law abiding citizen.
However, if we are advocating to register different tools and objects that “kill” people, why do we want to limit the registration to cars and guns? Since pressure cookers were used to brutally murder innocent people in Boston, why not advocate the registration of pressure cookers? Since fertilizer from Home Depot, Lowe’s or any home improvement/landscaping company can be used to build a bomb, should we also register all purchases of fertilizer? Since there are so many deaths due to stabbings, should we register every single knife that is purchased? Let’s not forget hammers, chainsaws, gasoline, and pretty much everything we can pick up. Let’s line up to start registering EVERY. SINGLE. OBJECT. IN. OUR. HOMES.
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