Monday, February 11, 2019

Mandatory Background Checks will have no effect on Crime

The Democrats are going for mandatory background checks on all gun transfers. 

This law will have massive costs, create tens of millions of felons through civil disobedience, and have zero effect on gun violence. 

This proposed law, like virtually all gun control proposals, would not have stopped a single mass shooting in the past 20 years, as an example of how little effect it would have.

The Democrats are currently proposing that all firearms transfers would need to be conducted through a Federal Background check.  Let's review the possible categories that this law would effect:

Sell a gun to a lawful possessor -- the law would have no effect here other than to inconvenience both parties. It would also incur a hefty transaction cost.  For example, my friend, a legal gun owner, sold me, a legal gun owner, a 20 GA youth pump shotgun for $100.  Forcing us to do a background check imposes a 25-50% tax on the transaction for no benefit.  The law does nothing here but impose costs and aggravation.

Sell a gun to a prohibited possessor -- This is already illegal.  Prohibited possessors are...wait for it... prohibited from possessing a gun.  This would making selling a gun to a felon double-illegal. 

Loan a gun to a lawful possessor -- This would impose massive inconvenience on gun owners for no benefit of any kind.  A friend of mine has asked me to store his firearms while he is in the midst of a bad divorce.  Under this law, doing my friend a favor would result in a background check and some multiple of transfer fees.  And when it was time for me to give him his guns back, we would have to repeat the process in reverse.  This is massive imposition on lawful gun owners for no reason.

Loan a gun to a prohibited possessor -- This is already illegal.  Prohibited possessors are...wait for it... prohibited from possessing a gun.  This would making giving a gun to a felon double-illegal. 

The FBI crime statistics reveal that crime guns are stolen or purchased on the black market.  Very few, if any, crime guns are obtained at gun shows or through private transfers.  This law would prevent exactly ZERO crimes.

It would, however, create a massive bureaucracy, cost billions of dollars, impose severe restriction on lawful gun owners, create a national registry of guns that would to nothing to reduce crime, and everything to increase the risk to gun owners that this information would be misused. 

Democrats are going for Full Gun Registration

Democrats are going for full gun registration.

Sure, they call it 'closing the gun show loophole', or 'mandatory background checks', but in reality, it is a call for full gun registration.

Any law that bans private sales of firearms will necessarily require gun registration.  Let's assume that I own over 20 firearms.  How will the police be able to tell which of them I bought with a background check and which I did not?   If there is no list of 'pre-background check' firearms, I can simply claim I bought the guns prior to the ban. 

Possession would also have to be deemed the equivalent of ownership, as it is currently for the prohibitions against felons carrying a gun.  If I have gun in my possession and the police demand to see evidence I passed a background check, I could simply claim it is not my gun, I am simply 'holding it for a friend'. 

In order for such a law to work, every firearm in the country would need to be registered with the government.  The government can then check the list of legal guns against what I have in my possession, and charge me with a crime for any discrepancies. 

This is an insanely dangerous and likely un-constitutional law. 

It would instantly turn tens of millions of law abiding gun owners into felons, as registration rates would fall well short of actual ownership.