Skip to comments.Arizona Senator Jeff Flake to consider "Universal Background Checks"
Posted on 01/21/2013 9:24:38 PM PST by marktwain
Freshman Senator from Arizona, Jeff Flake, appears to be bending from pressure in the media to "do something" to infringe on Second Amendment Rights. Given the rumors about Senator John McCain, one wonders if John may be giving his younger colleague advice. On Sunday, 20 January, this was published in the Arizona Republic:
Echoing many of his lower-chamber colleagues on Friday, Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., said he likely would have a hard time supporting a new federal ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines but suggested there may be common ground on universal background checks.
Ive always said weve got to do a better job of keeping guns out of the hands of those who shouldnt have them, Flake said. There have been some technological issues with gun shows, and you want to make sure that people can legally buy guns for protection or recreation or collection without untimely delays. But I think technology has moved so that we can better deal with that issue and have broader background checks.
Requiring the 99 percent who are law abiding to jump through hoops in order to try to keep the 1 percent who are dangerous from aquireing firearms has always been a losing proposition. It is a failed paradigm that should be abandoned. It has always been a path meant to end with registration so as to enable confiscation.
Jeff Flake has an A rating with the NRA. It is time for his constituents to remind him that they do not need, nor does it serve the public, to suffer further infringements on the Second Amendment with "universal firearms registration" I mean "universal background checks", which are designed to end up at the same place.
What does work are projects to make sure that those who are prohibited from having firearms do not have them. That has been tried and does work. Limited resources should be applied to that effort, not the irresponsible and ineffective idea of establishing dangerous bureaucracies to check on millions to catch a few irresponsible individuals.
coloradan: “I could go along with universal checks if the make, model, and serial number of the transferred firearm were not recorded on the form. But they are, so I am opposed.”
Is this true? I haven’t purchased guns from dealers. Does the government know exactly what was purchased? If so, why? What does that have to do with checking to see if the buyer is safe to own guns?
Myself? I’m not opposed to background checks on all gun transfers, including private ones. It would be hard to enforce private sales, but if I was selling a gun, I’d like to know the person I was selling it to wasn’t a nutjob. So government could maintain a list of criminals, mental patients, etc., who are not permitted to own a gun. Prospective buyers could be checked against that list without creating a national database of who purchased a gun and what was purchased.
I think the real issue here is we don’t trust government for obvious reasons. 100% gun registration means the government would know who has what. It’s a relatively simple jump from that to gun confiscation, and confiscation is unlikely to come all at once. They’ll do it bit by bit so it doesn’t create a confrontation with millions of owners all at once.
How about a background check on the President~?!!?!?!?!?
I'm pretty sure most FFLs will run the check on your buyer if you ask them to. I think the gov charges a small fee and the FFL might ask for a fee too but I'd bet most wouldn't. No need to put that on everyone to satisfy you.
I’m not saying background checks should be mandatory for private transactions. I’m pointing out that background checks should be focused on stopping nutjobs from getting guns, not attempting to create a national database of gun owners and the weapons they own (that’s what the left wants so it can confiscate weapons later on). If that system was readily available and easy to use for private transactions, then I’d certainly use it. However, there’s no way to enforce mandatory checks for private sales. Criminals will disregard them. If the goal is what the left claims, then I think there’s a reasonable compromise. Of course, the left is disingenious.
Amen. How about a "universal background check" on everyone crossing the border?
This is all, entirely, what the Russians call "spectacle."
It is a presumption of status, subordination of citizens to the state, it is allowing a licensing by a distant power of the natural right to self-defense.
Where is the clear and present danger, even a "compelling state interest" in allowing a grandstanding Congress and federal bureaucrats and federal police superseding local regulation?
This is still allowing liberals and messed up liberal state governments and media monsters to frame the debate.
No quarter to the bastards. It's still "spinach," and I still say to hell with it.
I would add a little comment. Since this background check is such a “swell” idea...let’s tie voter registration into this and require a background check each four years on registered voters.
Since it doesn’t infringe upon the American citizen...as we are told...then it won’t hurt on voting checks either.
Why not let those THAT WANT TO get a universal firearms buyer card? Just like a drivers license, good for xx number of years, includes a background check, can be used at gun stores, gun shows, etc. As long as someone has this card they can immediately purchase any weapons/ammo they want - no need for waiting periods, any other background checks, etc. NO record of WHICH or HOW MANY weapons or ammo someone buys. If you don’t want to get the card, fine, then you still go through the regular background checks, etc. every time you buy a weapon.
A firearms buyer card could be easily faked, plus to get one, the buyer would have to be registered somewhere. I don’t like the idea.
1) The Federal Governement will set up a National Firearms Identification Card, and anyone who possesses a firearm or wishes to buy guns or ammunition will have to obtain said license first.
B) The Federal Government will chide the states (through withheld tax dollars) into creating state Firearms Owner Identification Cards such as those that already exist is several states. Again, this card is required to possess or purchase ammunition and firearms.
III) All face-to-face sales of firearms will have to be transferred through an FFL. An FFL may also be required to transfer ammunition bought online.
"Universal" background checks, in one of the above forms, is going to happen. Hopefully, it will be in the form of a check box on your Driver's License.
That’s just the problem with so many of our elected politicians on the Republican side. They just cannot say NO, HELL NO!.....
They think the media and the Democrats will like them if they just can appease a little bit. They somehow think they have to bring something to the table to give up so they big bad Democrats won’t take it all. This never works.
The Senator should be b!tch-slapped back to the stone age.
Background checks stopped Adam Lanza from legally buying a gun but they didn’t stop him from shooting 26 people.
“Buyers are registered now every time they get a background check and purchase a weapon - also with warranties,etc. that everyone forgets about.”
A common misconception. Private sales are the safety valve that prevents this. If the government says, you bought a gun on so and so date, where is it?, you can say “I sold it” and you do not have to prove anything, so effective registration is prevented.
What they want to put in place is a system where you cannot sell the firearm without a permanent record of where it went. This is another step toward universal registration.
Gun Registration is Gun Confiscation
Because this is another incremental step toward “universal gun registration” that the left has been pushing to get for decades. Every step has been ineffective in fighting crime, and the result it to call for another ineffective step. The end result it registration, and registration is only good for eventual confiscation, whether piecemeal and over generations, as the requirements are tightened, or all together, when the numbers of gun owners have been reduced enough to render them politically ineffective.
Just look at New York City, where we are getting much of our grief is coming from. They have had unconstitutional laws on the books for a century. Almost no one owns legal guns, and the population has been so conditioned to their enhanced helplessness that the want to push it on everyone else.
we can’t verify Id at the voting booth... but full background checks are required before I can exercise my ‘right’?
what a farce
Tell ya what, Flake.
Run “Universal Background Checks” on all of Congress and their staff members first. Fire the staff members and expel the Congresscritters who don’t pass. Then we can talk about running these checks on gun buyers.
The concept that a National Agency to oversee ALL firearm transactions, and approve or deny each transaction is just short sighted and wrong.
I was a teen when my Uncle GAVE me my first firearm [ a 410 shotgun ]. In my 20’s, and upon my return from VietNam I recieved a 22 rifle as a welcome home gift.
When one of my best friends move to the country, I gave him a varmint rifle.
When a neighbor was transferred oversees , by the USAF, I purchased his pellet gun.
When I pass, I intend to WILL my firearms to specific individuals.
I don’t see any need or Reason for a Federal Bureaucracy to be involved with stuff like that.
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